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Enel begins construction of 132MW wind farm in Peru

CTBR Staff Writer Published 05 September 2017

Italian energy company Enel has started the construction of a 132MW wind farm in Peru, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power Peru (EGPP).

The wind farm will be located in the district of Marcona in the Ica region and once completed, it is claimed to be one of the largest wind farms in the country. Enel will invest around $165m in the construction of the facility.

The investment is part of the company’s current strategic plan. Operations of the wind farm are expected to begin in the first half of 2018 and it is supported by 20-year power purchase agreement signed with Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines.

The wind farm will include 42 wind turbines, each producing more than 3MW of clean electricity. It can produce about 600GWh of clean energy per year, which will be sufficient to be supplied to more than 480,000 Peruvian households.  

Electricity generated from the wind farm will be transmitted to the nearest transmission grid through the Poroma substation.

Enel Green Power head Antonio Cammisecra said: “The construction of Enel's first wind farm in Peru furthers our presence in the country and demonstrates our strong commitment to the Peruvian renewable energy market.

“We are fully dedicated to developing new projects that will contribute to the diversification of our footprint in the country. Our aim in Peru is to become the leading player in renewable energy, which we consider to be essential for a sustainable development at the local and national level.”

Last year Enel had won a bidding of 326MW of wind, solar and hydro capacity from Peru’s energy regulator OSINERGMIN.

Recently, Enel began operations of 180MW Defina wind farm in Brazil. For the Brazilian wind farm, Enel invested around $400m.

Image: Enel’s Peruvian subsidiary starts construction of 132MW wind farm. Photo: Courtesy of Jim Frech/FreeImages.com.