March 28, 2022 #ChileDiverse #ChileGlobal #ChileSustainable

Image of Chile takes the international press to Arica to highlight the Chinchorro culture and solar energy projects

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Correspondents from the international news agencies EFE, Agence France-Press and ANSA toured the region to highlight its cultural heritage and innovations in renewable energies.

The Fundación Imagen de Chile together with the Governor's Office of Arica and Parinacota organized a press trip to highlight the region in the international media. The Spanish agency EFE, the French Agence France-Presse and the Italian ANSA toured the province of Arica to highlight the regional heritage and innovations in the solar energy sector.

In the framework of the inclusion of the Chinchorro Culture Settlements and Artificial Mummification in the UNESCO World Heritage List, the journalists visited the San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum and the Colón 10 Site Museum, where they were able to see the conservation work of these mummies and the site where the new museum will be located, which will exhibit and conserve more than 2,500 archaeological and ethnographic pieces of the Chinchorro Culture, thus allowing to promote the region through cultural and patrimonial tourism. The media also explored Caleta Camarones, the locality where the Chinchorro people lived thousands of years ago, and where today there are vestiges of their passage through this territory.

Arica, a natural laboratory for solar energy research and development

The international media visited the El Águila solar power plant, a milestone in the history of solar generation in Chile, as it was the first in the country to be connected to the grid in 2013. This plant, which belongs to Engie, is used as a laboratory where various technologies are tested to improve efficiency and energy generation using the sun's resources, such as bifacial panels and a cleaning robot that does not use water.

Taking advantage of the privileged climatic conditions, the region has carried out several initiatives to bring non-conventional renewable energies closer to the communities. Ayllú solar is a project of SERC Chile (Solar Energy Research Center) that seeks to promote the sustainable development of urban and rural communities in the region through the use of solar energy in order to contribute, from science, to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. In this context, the media visited the Acuisol cooperative, dedicated to raising trout with water treated with solar radiation in Camarones, and Pampa Concordia, a former minefield on the border with Peru transformed into an orchard in the middle of the Atacama Desert.



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