Once you have committed to using electricity for powering all of the transportation systems is it an easy step to making that transportation carbon neutral. When powering trains and subways you can use wind or solar. For charging the batteries on electric cars or motorcycles it is an easy step to use solar electricity.
Electric motorcycles are seriously powerful and fast machines. Even more beautiful when charged by clean high efficiency solar power.
When you think of the global movement to clean energy it is easier to think of it in terms of large users or categories of consumption. For example a city may want to adopt a goal of moving 100 % of their transportation to renewable powered. Or maybe a goal could be for all air conditioning units to be solar powered. Breaking the larger goal down into smaller ones is always the key to success.
Powering an entire city subway system with renewable energy
Actis and SunPower Corp. announced today that Actis has acquired the 110-megawatt (DC) El Pelicano Solar Plant in Chile, which uses SunPower® Oasis® power plant technology. It is expected to deliver 300 gigawatt hours per year of electricity to Metro de Santiago, Santiago’s underground railway system.
The project is in the municipality of La Higuera (Coquimbo Region) near Vallenar (Atacama Region), and commenced commercial operation on November 17, 2017.
As you can see from this solar resource map of South America, Chile has tremendous solar opportunity to use high efficiency solar panels to power thier country.
“With a supportive regulatory environment and abundant solar resource, Chile is a market we know extremely well through our investments in the Aela Energía and Atlas Renewables platforms,” said Javier Areitio, director at Actis.
We are confident that in partnership with Metro de Santiago and SunPower, the El Pelicano plant will be a terrific illustration of clean, sustainable energy for many years to come.
On January 11, Metro de Santiago celebrated completion of the plant with an event at the site, attended by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Metro de Santiago President Rodrigo Azocar. Metro de Santiago will buy the power generated by the plant under a power purchase agreement. SunPower is providing operations and maintenance services for the facility under a long-term contract.
“Actis is focused on sustainable value, which makes the El Pelicano Solar Plant a great fit for its portfolio,” said Chuck Boynton, SunPower chief financial officer.
High performance SunPower Oasis technology is designed to cost-effectively maximize power generation for decades. Forward-looking organizations like Actis and Metro de Santiago are a global model for the development of solar power, reducing reliance on unsustainable energy sources.
The SunPower Oasis system is a fully-integrated, modular solar power block that is engineered for rapid deployment and optimizing land use. The high-efficiency solar panels installed at the site will be cleaned using SunPower’s proprietary robotic solar panel cleaning technology, which uses 75 percent less water than traditional cleaning methods and can help improve system performance by up to 15 percent.
Worldwide, more than 4.6 gigawatts of solar power plants operate today using SunPower’s leading solar technology.