“It literally changed my life,” said Pablo Rodriguez, a rural worker who, for the first ever time, has 24 hour access to electricity in his home thanks to a photovoltaic (solar energy) panel, which he is paying for in 60 monthly installments of $150 pesos (around US$7).
The mining industry in the north of Chile, the world’s leading producer of copper, is trying to partially satisfy its insatiable appetite for energy with a renewable, ever-available source: the sun. If solar panels were installed on an area of 400 square kilometres, the energy could cover all of the country’s needs.
Just six months after commencing construction, the St Kitts ministry of tourism has announced the opening of a 1.0 megawatt solar powered energy grid created to power the St Christopher Air, Sea and Ports Authority (SCASPA).
Currently, solar energy makes up less than 4 percent of energy sources in Latin America; however countries like Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Peru are investing in the solar business with plans to increase the energy production.
Solar panels from SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years, now power the largest solar-electric installation in the Caribbean nation of Dominican Republic.
Depending on how sunny it is, the price of electricity, and the cost of finance solar can compete directly on price in many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
So far, hot and sunny regions have been hailed as the best for large-scale solar energy production, but the highest mountains in the Andes in South America, is an best place, With areas have a lot of sunshine and low temperatures help improve solar panel performance.
The Solar Impulse is the world’s first airplane to fly both day and night without fuel. There’s a lot of engineering behind this incredible feat – the plane’s wingspan is the size of an Airbus A340 (208 feet), yet it weighs less than a small car (3,527 pounds).
Solar-powered devices they’re quite useful in the farm and urban garden, as they can provide the juice needed to fulfill many basic functions for the small grower and farmer alike.