'We want to offer our customers the latest technology that enables them to use energy in the most efficient and intelligent way possible,' said Enel CEO Francesco Starace at the inauguration of SmartCity Santiago, Chile's first ever smart city. Starace was speaking during his official visit to the country, during which he met Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.
This project is further testament to the global leadership Enel has in smart cities, and comes after similar initiatives in Italy, Spain and Brazil.
Through investment of $10million SmartCity Santiago has launched the Chilean capital into the future, turning the city into a state-of-the-art laboratory equipped with the latest generation technology that enables local people to take part in energy management, integrates green energy and helps cut carbon dioxide emissions, improving their quality of life and changing consumption habits.
'We believe that our 60 million customers and electricity are the most efficient energy vector. New technology will allow us a better service that will lead to a better quality of life for the people of Santiago,' added Starace.
Installed in the Ciudad Empresarial, SmartCity Santiago will feature e-mobility, telemetry of consumption, home automation, PV solar generation, smart grids, LED lighting, video surveillance and free WiFi projects. The systems, realised by Chilectra and Enel Distribuzione, can be monitored through the Interactive Technology Center SmartCity Santiago, which will be at the service of local communities, universities and authorities for academic and research purposes.
'This is another step towards our objective of reducing energy consumption by 20 percent by 2025,' said Energy minister Maximo Pacheco. 'This smart city is a perfect example of what can be achieved with a change of culture and perspective, and of how you can grow economically while using less energy, following on from countries like New Zealand or the United States.'