Diego de Almagro and its mining tradition


History of the community:

Diego de Almagro is a district located 149 kilometers north of Copiapó in the Atacama Region, with an approximate population of 14,000 inhabitants. The city of Diego de Almagro originated thanks to the mining activity in the Tres Gracias mine in the 17th century. It was previously known as Pueblo Hundido and was the major railway hub of the north of the country because it was the final station of the State Railways in the beginning of the 20th century.

The district of Pueblo Hundido was officially founded on August 19, 1972. However, its name was changed on April 13, 1977, when it was officially named Diego de Almagro. CIDER (Renewable Energy Interpretation Center)

The importance of disseminating information about renewable energy as a strategic factor for the country's energy sustainability has been shared in conjunction with the Municipality of Diego de Almagro. With this objective in mind, a physical space designated for renewable energy knowledge has been remodeled in the city's downtown area. The Municipality provided an already-built hangar measuring 110 m2, and Enel Green Power prepared it internally.

Once CIDER opens, an education and training program will be held targeting institutional representatives, teachers, students from technical schools, and the civil community of Diego de Almagro. The primary topics will be:

  • For institutional representatives and civil society: renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • For teachers and students: practical assembly and operation of solar installations, and visits to plants.

In addition, the training of a renewable energy instructor is planned, who will be responsible for giving the guided tours provided by CIDER to the public who will come to explore the place.