Applaud Solar Company and Chilean Mining Group for Agreement to Build New Plant

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Target: United Nations Environment Program

Goal: Applaud the energy company SunEdison and the Chilean mining group CAP for their agreement to construct a new emissions-free solar plant in the Atacama Desert of Chile.

SunEdison, a leading developer of solar energy projects worldwide, has signed an agreement with the Chilean mining and steel group CAP to build a new 100MW solar facility in the Atacama Desert of Chile. On completion, this plant is expected to be the largest ever in Latin America, and one of the largest in the world. Applaud these two entities for their efforts to bring about sustainable energy generation and help keep the environment clean and safe.

The new installation is expected to provide for approximately 15% of CAP’s energy needs. It will be constructed with SunEdison technology. Over 300,000 Silvantis(TM) monocrystalline silicon modules will be used in the design, which are comprised of non-polluting, non-toxic materials. The components are developed with end-of-life recycling in mind to contribute to a well-rounded, environmentally conscious project. Steel from CAP is expected to be used for the solar trackers that will also be built with the plant. Upon its completion, operations of the plant will be managed by SunEdison Renewable Operations Center. This branch of SunEdison has locations in California, Spain, and India, and is responsible for running and monitoring a global portfolio of utility and rooftop installations owned by SunEdison and third parties.

SunEdison General Manager for EMEA, Latin America and North Asia, Pancho Perez, commented on the contract, saying, “We are very pleased to add the CAP group to our customer portfolio. We have worked to deliver an innovative solution to CAP designed to reduce their energy costs while deriving up to 15 percent of their electricity supply from clean energy.” Perez also stated, “This initiative furthers our leadership position as a solar power producer in Chile and across the rest of Latin America.” In its first year of operations alone, the plant is expected to generate 270GWh of emissions-free electricity. This is the equivalent of taking 30,000 cars off the road and will avoid upwards of 135,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

By entering into this agreement, SunEdison and CAP are causing one of the largest photovoltaic facilities in the world to be constructed. Billions of pounds of air pollution will be avoided by use of the clean renewable energy the new Atacama desert installation will produce. These companies’ commitment to the environment is admirable. Sign this petition to ask the United Nations Environment Program to commend SunEdison and CAP for their agreement, keeping our natural environment safe.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear United Nations Environment Program,

SunEdison, a leader in global solar installations, and CAP, a Chilean mining and steel group, have recently entered into a contract to construct one of the world’s largest solar facilities in the Atacama Desert of Chile. When finished, the installation will provide 100MW of clean emissions-free energy, accounting for approximately 15% of CAP’s power needs. In its first year of operation alone, the plant is expected to generate an immense 270GWh of sustainable electricity. This power will avoid the release of over 135,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year.

The partnership of these two organizations demonstrates a praiseworthy commitment to preserving our natural environment. Both companies have demonstrated that commitment with their signing of this contract. I urge you to commend SunEdison and CAP for committing to build the 100MW Atacama Desert facility, keeping our atmosphere clean.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Argonne National Laboratory via Flickr

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