Enel Green Power SpA (EGPW) began building a 90-megawatt wind farm in Chile’s Antogafasta region, the Rome- based company said today in an e-mailed statement.
Enel Green Power (“EGP”) has started construction of the Valle de Los Vientos wind plant in the region II of Antofagasta in Chile.
The new plant will comprise 45 wind turbines of 2 MW each, for a total installed capacity of approximately 90 MW. Once in operation, the Valle de Los Vientos plant will be able to generate more than 200 GWh a year, avoiding the atmospheric emission of more than 165,000 tonnes of CO2.
The investment forecasted for the construction of the new wind farm amounts to 140 million US dollars.
“Chile offers abundant renewable resources, with a mix that perfectly matches the technological capabilities of EGP. For this reason, we are planning to add 250 MW of wind capacity by 2016 to our hydro and geothermal footprint, while we are also developing a significant pipeline of solar projects” commented Francesco Starace, CEO of Enel Green Power.
Enel Green Power is the Enel Group company fully dedicated to the development and management of renewable energy sources at the international level, with operations in Europe and the Americas. The company generated 22.5 billion kWh in 2011 from water, sun, wind and the Earth’s heat – enough to meet the energy needs of more than 8 million households and avoid the emission of over 16 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. Enel Green Power is a world leader in the sector thanks to its well-balanced generation mix, providing generation volumes well over the sector average. The Company has an installed capacity of over 7,700 MW from a mix of sources including wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biomass. Currently, EGP has some 700 operational plants in 16 countries in Europe and the Americas.
In Latin America, Enel Green Power operates renewables plants in Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Chile and Brazil, with a total installed capacity of 901 MW. In the wind sector, as well as the three projects under construction in Brazil for a total capacity of 90 MW, the company operates a 24 MW wind farm in Costa Rica and two plants for a total of 144 MW in Mexico. Thanks to its century-long experience with geothermal energy, Enel Green Power is also developing new opportunities in this sector. In particular, in Chile the Company is conducting exploratory work at a number of concessions, with a potential capacity of more than 100 MW.