Over 600 alternative energy industry professionals descended on Santiago last week for the first annual Wind and Solar Power Chile conference, sponsored by the Asociación Chilena de Energías Renovables (Chilean Association for Renewable Energy).
The international event brought together developers, investors, technology suppliers, and regulators from South America, North America, and Europe. While the attendees came from diverse backgrounds, all shared one thing in common: a stake in the development of wind and solar energy in Chile.
The event took place at the Casa Piedra events center in northeast Santiago between October 17 and 18. Keynoting the event was Sergio del Campo, the Subsecretary of Chile’s Energy Ministry. Chile is world-renowned for its renewable energy potential, and the Chilean government has made the further development of the industry a top priority.
“Chile is a country that is well positioned and is on a path of steady growth, but to maintain this trajectory it takes more energy. In this context, the government is working for greater energy efficiency, accelerated incorporation of renewable energy, and the strengthening of traditional energy,” the Subsecretary said in his address.
The two-day event offered an extensive program of seminars on technical and entrepreneurial aspects of the solar and wind energy industry in Chile. Panels covered the pressing issues of the industry today, such as the technical and economic requirements for integrating renewables into Chile’s national energy mix, the challenges and barriers to the development of wind and solar projects, and the up-and-coming technologies of the industry.
Financiers also shared their experiences in the industry, covering topics like “bankability”, and the expectations and requirements for funding these types of energy projects.
In addition, 25 national and international green energy businesses shared their products at an exhibition area, presenting their technologies and services and networking with other attendees.
Organizers expect the event to become an annual conference, serving as a place to unite the major players of Chile’s wind and solar energy industry each year.