Chile Uses Solar Energy to Power Agricultural Irrigation Systems

by Dave


An area in northern Chile has created a novel solution to their agricultural irrigation needs. Why not power water pumps with natural sunlight?

Four new solar powered irrigation systems were developed by a team consisting of Chile’s National Energy Commission along with Chile’s Agriculture Ministry and a regional government. Each system has a generator that can produce up to 500 Watts of energy. When there is not a need for irrigation, the energy produced by the solar power systems goes back into the general electricity grid.

The Chilean government plans to continue providing assistance with solar panels and alternative energy in this region of the country, as well as other areas. A company named Endesa Chile is also planning to build the country’s first solar plant in the northern deserts, where sunshine is abundant.