Solar panels in the Chilean desert

Solar panels in the Chilean desert

Don Leo is a mechanical engineer from Tocopilla. Tocopilla is located at the coast in the north of Chile in a windy desert area. For almost 24 years, Don Leo worked at the Tocopilla coal power plant.

In 2012 however, he decided to quit the power plant to start running his hotel on a full-time basis. Using his engineering experience and knowledge, he set up a solar heating system on the roof of his hotel, which currently provides the hotel with hot water fully.

Don Leo has set himself a goal: by 2016, 50% of total energy consumption of the hotel has to come from clean energy sources: sun and wind. In order to obtain this goal, Don Leo is considering to set up some wind mills too on the roof of his hotel.

Don Leo did all the construction of the solar heating system himself, together with his son, who is an industrial engineer. Apart from his own knowledge, Don Leo browses YouTube for tutorials on how to set up solar systems.

Don Leo is a modest man. Rather than to brag about his projects, he prefers to walk the talk, step by step, with great perseverance and commitment.

  • Paolo Rossi
    Posted at 13:18h, 24 April Reply

    Yeap, Don Leo truly is a remarkable person, although I might have a slightly biased view… I am glad you got to meet my dad! I wish you a safe and adventurous trip 😉 Paolo

    • max
      Posted at 15:51h, 27 April Reply

      Thanks Paolo, asi es 🙂 This week my journey continues when I leave Lima and head up north. Looking forward to that. Be in touch.

  • Hannan Ahmad
    Posted at 14:12h, 01 July Reply

    If you live in a hot and sunny area, investing in a solar power plant would be a profitable idea for you. The cost of getting photovoltaic cell installed on the roof of your house is undoubtedly substantial but it is surely worthwhile in the long run.

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