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Apr. 29, 2011

See what Chile has done? It powers mines with the Sun!

by Neil Wagner

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More than a dozen solar power plants are slated for the Atacama Desert in northern Chile since it receives 9.28 kilowatt-hours of sun power per square meter each day. Solar companies say that sunshine can power many of the area’s copper mines at energy prices that are competitive with plants that use fossil fuels.
Read about it in Businessweek.

Special thanks to Al Wagner for pointing me to the Businessweek article cited above. Mr. Wagner’s “What on Earth?” research internship duties include reading magazines and being my father.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT ON EARTH?…

Interview: Katie Kline, Communications Officer at Ecological Society of America interviewed me via Skype for the ESA’s Ecotone blog. Read and hear it here.

Video: Bebbo and Kito were featured in one of Jim Parks’ terrific Today’s Green Minute episodes. See the video! Learn more about it.

About Neil Wagner

Neil Wagner's What on Earth? comic strip uses humor to discuss global warming.

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