Wind energy in Chile – Ibereólica submits EIA for US$356mn wind farm

Spanish renewable energy company Grupo Ibereólica has submitted an EIA for a wind farm to be located in Chile’s northern region III, near the community of Freirina in Huaso province.

If approved, the wind power project named Cabo Leones will require an investment of US$356mn, according to documents filed with the environment ministry’s (MMA) evaluation service SEA.

The wind power plant will consist of 85 wind turbines and feed into the central SIC grid. Construction is expected to start on April 30, 2012, and cover an area of 94.3 hectares. The government has set a target of having 20% of grid capacity provided from non-conventional renewable sources by 2020.

By José Sanramarta,