The APP Pichimahuida is not connected to the electricity grid.  Instead, energy needs are met through two systems – one a mixture of pico-hydro and solar, and the other wind and solar.  In both cases, the systems supply 220 volts to the buildings.  A solar panel provides hot water for the main house.  The water for the pico-turbine is captured from a small stream and transported via pipe about 800 meters to a small tank.  It is then dropped about 70 meters through pressure pipe to the turbine.  The water is then returned to the stream.

wind turbine

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