ASTANA – Chilean Energy Undersecretary Jimena Jara said during the Chile Day celebrations at Expo 2017 in Astana that her country planned to generate 70 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050.
“This reality has brought us to set the goal that 70 percent of our power mix will be based on renewable energy by the year 2050,” Jara said in an address in the Kazakh capital.
The Latin American country plans to even exceed the goals proposed in its energy plan.
“Our most recent projections show that by the year 2035, 60 percent of our country’s power mix will be based on water, sun and wind, and by 2050 we could even reach 90 percent,” Jara said.
“That is why we are here, at this great global Expo, in order to show our country’s experience in the development of renewable energies, becoming leaders within Latin America in this area over just a few years,” the energy undersecretary said.
Chile is currently the largest producer of non-conventional renewable energy in Latin America and one of the nations with the greatest potential in this area due, in part, to what nature has provided, Jara said.
“What we do have is the highest solar radiation on the planet in the Atacama Desert, winds throughout our territory, from the North to the Patagonia, and fast-flowing rivers,” Jara said.
“These are our fuels and we have decided to take advantage of them,” the energy undersecretary said.
Chile Day at Expo Astana featured the performance of the folkloric ballet group “Tupa Marka.”
Expo 2017 Astana, which seeks to reflect on the importance of moving toward a global energy system based on renewable sources, runs until Sept. 10 in the capital of the Central Asian country.