May 17, 2020

Latin America's Largest Solar Plant Opens in Chile, Powered by SunEdison

SunEdison
Michelle Bachelet
Latin American Energy
Renewab
Admin
2 min
Latin America is seeing a lot of investment in solar power in recent years.
Chile unveiled the SunEdisons 100MW Amanecer Solar CAP plant in Copiapo, which is likely the biggest photovoltaic (PV) power facility in Latin America.P...

Chile unveiled the SunEdison’s 100MW Amanecer Solar CAP plant in Copiapo, which is likely the biggest photovoltaic (PV) power facility in Latin America.

President Michelle Bachelet inaugurated the plant, which is located 37km from Copiapo in the Atacama Desert and features over 310,000 PV modules that have been installed across the 250 acres site. The plant is said to be worth $250 million.

José Pérez – SunEdison’s president for Europe, Africa, and Latin America, said, “This plant demonstrates that photovoltaic solar energy is an ideal way of diversifying the energy matrix in Chile, reducing costs and contributing towards meeting the demand for clean and sustainable energy. The 150MW+ interconnected by SunEdison in Chile is the starting point of our firm commitment to the future of energy consumption and the development of the energy industry in this country.”

The company said that all of the energy from the Amanecer plant will be injected into the Central Interconnected System, which reduces the net cost of grid electricity. About 270GWh will be injected into the system in the first year after the plant starts operating, and it is expected to provide power to 125,000 homes in the region.

CAP Group President Roberto de Andraca B. said the plant would generate the equivalent of 15% of the group's energy demand. CAP Group General Manager Fernando Reitich  said, "We believe that this style of mining is part of a business vision that allows for the development of our present and future activities." 

SunEdison president and CEO Ahmad Chatila said, "Amanecer Solar CAP has become a benchmark for SunEdison in how to develop photovoltaic solar energy on an international level." 

Latin America is seeing a lot of investment in solar power in recent years. In 2013, the continent saw the launch of a Trees, Water and People subsidiary. The subsidiary aims to bring  more solar power to Latin America. The subsidiary, Luciérnaga, “distributes small (<15W) solar lighting technologies that afford-ably meet lighting and device charging needs for energy poor populations.”

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Apr 21, 2021

UK Government pledges to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035

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Netzero
UK
3 min
UK Government to enshrine new emission targets in law by the end of June as Prime Minister Boris Johnson targets new technologies and green innovation
The UK government has agreed to stick to Climate Change Committee recommendations and cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels, it announced today.
 
The sixth Carbon Budget limits the volume of greenhouse gases emitted over a 5-year period from 2033 to 2037, taking the UK more than three-quarters of the way to reaching net zero by 2050.
 
The budget will ensure Britain remains on track to end its contribution to climate change while remaining consistent with the Paris Agreement temperature goal to limit global warming to well below 2°C and pursue efforts towards 1.5°C.
 
For the first time, the budget will incorporate the UK’s share of international aviation and shipping emissions – an important part of the government’s decarbonisation efforts that will allow for these emissions to be accounted for consistently.
 
This comes ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressing the opening session of the US Leaders’ Summit on Climate, hosted by President Biden on Earth Day (April 22). The Prime Minister will urge countries to raise ambition on tackling climate change and join the UK in setting stretching targets for reducing emissions by 2030 to align with net zero.
 
The government is already working towards its commitment to reduce emissions in 2030 by at least 68% compared to 1990 levels through the UK’s latest Nationally Determined Contribution - the highest reduction target made by a major economy to date. Today’s world-leading announcement builds on this goal to achieve a 78% reduction by 2035.
 
The new target will become enshrined in law by the end of June, with legislation setting out the UK government’s commitments laid in Parliament tomorrow.
 
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK will be home to "pioneering businesses, new technologies and green innovation as we make progress to net zero emissions".
 
Through its presidency of the crucial UN climate summit, COP26, which will take place in Glasgow later this year, the UK is urging countries and companies around the world to join the UK in delivering net zero globally by the middle of the century and set ambitious targets for cutting emissions by 2030.
 
The government has already laid the groundwork to end the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050, starting with ambitious strategies that support polluting industries to decarbonise while growing the economy and creating new, long-term green jobs.
 
This includes the publication of the Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy, an ambitious blueprint for the world’s first low carbon industrial sector, slashing emissions by two-thirds in just 15 years, as well as over £1 billion government funding to cut emissions from industry, schools and hospitals.
 
Further, the UK is the first G7 country to agree a landmark North Sea Transition Deal to support the oil and gas industry’s transition to clean, green energy while supporting 40,000 jobs.
 
Through the deal, the sector has committed to cut emissions by 50% by 2030, while the government, sector and trade unions will work together over the next decade and beyond to deliver the skills, innovation and new infrastructure required to decarbonise North Sea production.

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