Enel Green Power’s 50MW Melowind wind farm has gotten grid connected in Cerro Largo, Uruguay. The company holds a 20-year power purchase agreement with Uruguay’s state-owned utility UTE.
EGP has agreed an initial price of $64 per MWh generated for UTE’s energy offtake, which UTE said was about half the cost of traditional energy.
UTE’s director Walter Sosa said that by 2017 the country will have 1,600MW of installed wind power amid efforts to increase the amount of wind power in the energy mix.
Sosa said: “With this park, the 500MW of installed capacity has been exceeded. There are about 1,400MW under various private contracts and joint venture projects.
“We have come to days when almost 100% of the demand was covered by wind energy, which means a significant reduction in costs.”