Solar Energy Used to Produce Wine in Chile

In Chile a fruit producing company is using new technology to produce energy. The company relies on solar panels to irrigate grape plantations. Chile is one of the driest places on Earth, but it has more potential solar power than Spain. It does not get subsidies from the government, which relies on fossil fuels for Chile’s future.



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