Jose Ignacio Escobar, their general manager in Chile, explained that the wind power portfolio includes wind farms since the Second to the X regions and in all, more than 1,000 MW in development from pre-feasibility stages of projects to that are their environmental approval.
Globally, Mainstream Renewable Power International has over 10,000 MW of wind energy projects in development, and this year they hope to make good progress with permits for several of these initiatives and, if all goes well, begin construction of at least one or two wind farms.
Wind power will be a major source of electricity in the world, as was last year. In 2010 the wind energy industry expects growth to resume in about 25% per year experienced since 2000, and Mainstream expects to have a growth rate even higher than the industry.
Their main projects in Chile are the wind farm in the Laguna Verde, which has environmental approval and electrical interconnection. Mainstream Renewable Power International are currently working to resolve funding issues. Then they have a couple of major projects in the Northern Interconnected System (SING), which are under wind studies, but inject a significant amount of energy the north of Chile.
Finally, in the south-central Chile, Mainstream Renewable Power International has another couple of wind farms projects with wind studies completed and move forward with environmental procedures.