The Espejo de Tarapacá project: at a glance

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The Espejo de Tarapacá project: at a glance

Chile is striving to transition from its current dependence on fossil fuels to a low-emission, climate-resilient economy, and expand its population’s access to sustainable energy - as well as potable water. Chile’s goal is for renewables to account for 70 per cent of the country’s power needs by 2050. Its current electricity grid consists of unpredictable hydropower and high-emission sources that contribute to climate change. The current lack of clean, reliable energy and water security inhibits sustainable economic development, particularly for vulnerable communities. This project is funding what will be the world’s largest hydropower station using seawater, providing a vast energy source and making more freshwater available for drinking water and agriculture.

Cover date 24 July 2020
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