Argentina begins commercial operation of 100-MW wind park

Wind park in Argentina. Source: Argentina.gob.ar

March 17 (Renewables Now) - The 99.75-MW Parque Eolico Arauco wind park has been cleared over the weekend by the Argentine Wholesale Electricity Market Management Company (CAMMESA) to commence supplying electricity.

Vientos de Arauco Renovables SAU, the company in charge of the asset and part of the PEA SAPEM Group, received the authorisation to commence commercial operation this past Saturday, according to information released by the firm's CEO Juan Fernando Carbel.

Located in Aimogasta municipality, La Rioja province, Vientos de Arauco consists of 38 wind turbines with an individual capacity of 2.625 MW, supplied by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE).

The wind power facility is capable of generating over 400,000 MWh per year, equivalent to 72% of the commercial consumption or 63% of the residential consumption in the entire province. With this wind farm, the company now has 150 MW in its portfolio, the CEO noted.

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