Nov 11, 2014 - Chile's Vicuna, Ovalle, Illapel and Salamanca municipalities in Coquimbo region will benefit from the governmental programme for installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at public buildings, the energy ministry said Friday.
The programme, worth a total USD 13 million (EUR 10.5m), will initially include 16 municipalities and is part of a strategy to develop Chile's own energy resources, reducing the dependence on imports.
The PV systems will be financed by the energy ministry, while the municipal authorities will assume maintenance costs.
As for utility-scale solar power projects, the country has nearly 500 MW declared under construction.
The ministry said that Coquimbo is optimal for PV projects, with solar energy of between 1,600 and 2,000 kWh per sq m annually.
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