Wind energy in Chile: new wind farm

A little under a month after securing environmental approval for the $MW Cabo Leones I wind farm in Chile, Spanish renewable energy group Ibereólica has filed an EIA with the South American country’s environmental evaluation system for wind project Cabo Leones II.

Cabo Leones II wind farm would boast 102, 2MW wind turbines and cost US$363mn, according to the EIA. Both Cabo Leones I and II will be in northern region III.

Ibereólica has penciled in early 2013 for the start of construction of Cabo Leones II, which will supply the central SIC grid and offset 900,000t/y CO2 emissions. Work would take 18 months and another two months for testing.

The EIA for Cabo Leones I was submitted in September and will require US$365mn, with construction due to begin this year.

Last month, Ibereólica filed an EIA for 360MW thermo solar plant Pedro de Valdivia in northern region II.

The developer highlights the projects’ importance in helping advance the government’s goal of having non-conventional renewable energy account for 20% of installed capacity by 2020.