Central Cochamó

The Cochamó plant is the first hydroelectric plant in the Cochamó region in Chile, located in a beautiful area close to the known Osorno volcano – a symbol of the local landscape. The hydropower plant uses water of a small local river linked with the Rìo Puelo River. 

Cochamó, Chile




Environmental impact, Local impact

Producing electricity since

August 2017


Inverges Chile

Estimated annual generation

4 GWh

Total capacity

0.67 MW

Cental Cochamó is supplying energy to the Cochamó area in a more sustainable way, substituting a large part of the energy traditionally produced by diesel generators. The plant also conducts water through pipes buried under old forest roads, giving a second life to an area abandoned by deforestation.

Inverges is a Chilean company with headquarters located in the biggest city in Chile, Santiago.

Cochamó, centre of of ecotourism

Cochamó is a Chilean town founded in 1979 and commune located in Llanquihue Province, Los Lagos Region. The capital of the commune is the town of Río Puelo, which is named after the Puelo River, a stream with great waterfalls and surrounded by forest.

Cochamó has become a constantly growing ecotourism area, where trekking, climbing, kayaking and fishing activities bring outdoor lovers together from all over the world. Ecotourism in one of the main activity in the valley, aside from cattle reading and local logging for firewood.

Commonly referred as the “Chilean Yosemite”, the Cochamó Valley is located in the Andes and is similar to the Yosemite Valley due to its granite domes and old-growth forests. The valley has several 1000 meters granite walls that attract rock climbers from all over the world. The Cochamó Valley has a pristine biodiversity with countless of rare birds and plant life, and where towering alerce trees that can live up to 1,000 years dominate the forest. The forest is home to dense, virgin temperate rainforest – one of only three such remaining forests.