Praise City for Developing Public Transit Clean Energy Initiative

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Target: Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile

Goal: Commend Chile for developing a clean energy initiative for the Santiago Metro System.

Chile’s capital city will be soon pull the majority of its power from clean energy sources. The Metro de Santiago has signed agreements with both a solar energy provider and a wind power company under which 60 percent of the transit system’s power will be generated from those environmentally-friendly approaches. The plan is slated to go into effect by 2018. This is a major step for raising the profile of clean energy as a viable option in major cities and should thus be commended.

The Metro de Santiago is the second-largest metro system in all of Latin America. Over 2.5 million passengers ride the Metro on a daily basis. With these statistics in mind, it’s easy to see how big of a statement this decision by Metro De Santiago is in regards to the importance of fighting climate change. The Metro will now stand as a clean energy option that is available for public use, transferring the burden of clean energy alternatives from the isolation of the private sector into the realm of public resources.

The solar plant, which will be built by San Jose-based SunPower, will provide 42 percent of the subway system’s energy. The El Pelícano Solar Project will open for construction this year and is aiming for a completion date of late 2017. Wind power will provide 18 percent of the power needed for the Metro de Santiago. The wind power will be provided through a San Juan wind project developed through Spain’s Elecnor company and owned by the Brazilian renewable energy firm Latin American Power.

Both projects are set to supply energy for 2018 to 2033. The inclusion of solar power makes will make the Metro de Santiago the first ever metro system in the world to run on mostly solar energy. Chile’s President, Michelle Bachelet, should be praised for moving her country forward toward a more environmentally responsible approach in regards to public transportation.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Bachelet,

Santiago’s new clean energy public transit initiative is great news. Moving the second-largest metro system in Latin America toward clean energy is a major step toward fighting climate change. It shows that there are real, sustainable and viable alternatives for other major cities to consider when it comes to their own public transportation systems.

Solar and wind power are more than capable of powering a major metro system and your country’s capital will soon prove that. It is also commendable that Santiago will be working to install this initiative as soon as possible. There is no time to waste regarding the fight against climate change. The Metro de Santiago’s clean energy initiative reflects that urgency.

I extend my thanks to you for taking a stand against dirty energy in favor of environmental sustainability. You deserve praise for bringing a majority clean energy approach to the Metro de Santiago.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Rafael Retamal

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