World’s first public transport system to run on solar

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Chile’s Santiago Metro has signed a PPA for supply of 300GWh annually of solar energy for public transport, making it the world’s first.

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Chile President Michelle Bachelet at today's announcement by Total and SunPower to provide solar power for Metro de Santiago, the world's first metro to run on solar. (PRNewsFoto/SunPower Corp.)
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The Metro of Santiago, Chile, will be the first public transport system to run mostly on solar energy, after a new agreement signed with Total and SunPower this week.

According to an announcement from US solar manufacturer SunPower, in co-operation with Total, a global integrated energy producer and provider, the Metro of Santiago, Chile, has signed a power purchase agreement for the supply of 300 GWh annually of clean solar energy for its public transport network.

Chile President Michelle Bachelet at today's announcement by Total and SunPower to provide solar power for Metro de Santiago, the world's first metro to run on solar. (PRNewsFoto/SunPower Corp.)
Chile President Michelle Bachelet at today’s announcement by Total and SunPower to provide solar power for Metro de Santiago, the world’s first metro to run on solar. (PRNewsFoto/SunPower Corp.)

This should make the Metro of Santiago the world’s first public transport system to run mostly on solar energy, which is good news for the system’s 2.2 million daily passengers.

“SunPower is proud to serve Metro ofSantiago’s growing energy demand with cost-competitive, renewable solar power,” saidEduardo Medina, executive vice president, global power plants, SunPower. “Solar is an ideal energy source for Chile because of the country’s high solar resource and transparent energy policies. In partnership with Total, SunPower is committed to the continued growth of our business in Chile.”

SunPower and Total will design and build the 100 MW El Pelícano Solar Project, located near the municipalities of La Higuera (Coquimbo Region) and Vallenar (Atacama Region), which is expected to begin construction this year, with operation expected by the end of 2017.

“This contract is expressing Chile’s commitment for a sustainable world,” added Bernard Clément, senior vice president of Business & Operations, of the New Energies division of Total.


 

“We are proud to partner with Metro in developing a new way of powering public transportation systems through competitive, reliable and clean energy. This project supports our ambition to become the responsible energy major.”

This article was originally published on Cleantechnica. Re-produced with permission.

 

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4 Comments
  1. john 3 years ago

    So between 10 AM and possible 4 PM the system costs nothing for energy.
    Looks like a win to me.

    • fjlg 3 years ago

      why nothing? the PPA price shuld be at least the LCOE plus a surpluss, or else the generator (PV, CST, etc) won’t have revenews. Should be cheaper from buying from the spot market though, which reflects CCGT prices.

  2. john 3 years ago

    Looks good an 100 MW system this is not some few panels on a roof people.,

    • solarguy 3 years ago

      I suspect it will be CST with molten salt storage not PV so will be 24/7 RE.

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