Media Advisory: Green Power Comes to La Silla

16. september 2016

Media representatives are invited to attend a ceremony at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in northern Chile on 23 September 2016 to mark the inauguration of the La Silla solar photovoltaic plant. The plant will supply power to ESO’s observatory facilities at La Silla. The event will start at 14:00 local time and is expected to finish around 16:00 — it will be held in the La Silla Gymnasium, which will provide a fine view of the plant itself.

The plant has been built by Enel Green Power (EGP) [1]

His Excellency Máximo Pacheco Matte, the Chilean Minister of Energy, will deliver the inaugural address. Salvatore Bernabei, Head of Renewable Energies Latin America of EGP will also speak at the event. ESO will be represented by Andreas Kaufer, Director of La Silla-Paranal Observatory, Roberto Tamai, E-ELT Project Manager, Fernando Comerón, ESO Representative in Chile and Ivo Saviane, La Silla Observatory Site Manager.

The ceremony will be open to bona fide journalists. If you wish to attend (at your own expense) please contact Diego Navarro at or +56 9 5017 4634.


[1] Enel Green Power is the Enel Group company dedicated to the international development and management of renewable energy sources, with operations in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.


Richard Hook
ESO Public Information Officer
Garching bei München, Germany
Tel: +49 89 3200 6655
Cell: +49 151 1537 3591

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La Silla and surroundings
La Silla and surroundings