New wind farm in Chile

Chile has inaugurated the second and final phase of the Monte Redondo wind energy plant built by GDF Suez, now recognized as the world’s largest utility.

The capacity of the Monte Redondo wind power facility, which is connected to the Central Interconnection System (SIC), has been increased to 48 MW (up from 38 MW).

The completion of the wind turbines, which started in 2009 near the city of Ovalle, 400 km to the north of Santiago, will provide enough electricity for around 74 000 homes, says the Ministry of Energy.

According to an official statement, the power from this wind farm will help Chile cut green house emissions by around 68 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.