Smartflower Spends its Fourth Year with Enel ChileEne 09, 2020
The Smartflower at Enel Chile was installed back in 2015 and is still blooming brightly. During the 4 years it has been installed, the Smartflower has been lauded as an architectural icon that acts as a visual representation of Enel Chile’s sustainable initiatives, and as a first step towards their larger sustainability journey.
Enel Chile first heard about the Smartflower from Solarix, Smartflower’s dealer in Chile, and decided to install the innovative new solar system after some research due to its efficient dual-axis tracking system, energy savings, and its aesthetic appeal. “The Smartflower has a beautiful structure and generates a powerful visual impact that produces a completely green atmosphere within the company,” said Sebastián García Gallardo, the Engineering Leader at Enel X, “and since the Smartflower is installed in our garden, no roof was needed.”
Photo taking is the most common response people have after seeing the Smartflower at Enel Chile. Many guests and clients always end up asking questions about the solar system’s functions, solar generation, and benefits, with some clients even wanting to install a Smartflower in their own buildings! Parking for electric vehicles is also available nearby, further emphasizing Enel Chile’s dedication to creating a green environment. “The Smartflower is a symbol of our sustainability initiatives… it declares the new vision of the company and shows that we are one hundred percent committed to environmental and technological progress,” said Sebastián.
The Smartflower also played an active role in Enel Chile’s 2017 Christmas plans, illuminating the country’s first 100% renewable energy-powered Christmas tree. The Smartflower charged a system of batteries throughout the day, which was then used to power the 72,000 LED lights that adorned the Christmas tree. Over 700 people attended the event, including Enel employees, members of the neighborhood boards, as well as government officials like Andrés Rebolledo, the Minister of Energy, Felipe Alessandri, the Mayor of Santiago, and Marco Ricci, the ambassador of Italy.
When asked about Enel Chile’s plans for the future, Sebastián had this to say: “Our dream is to become a Smart City, with smart buildings, smart public infrastructure, smart houses, and smart neighborhoods. The Smartflower is one of our first steps towards fulfilling this journey… This is only just the beginning.”
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