Sep 17, 2014 - Italian firm Enel Green Power (BIT:EGPW) said Tuesday it had initiated construction of a 61-MW wind farm in Chile.
The project calls for an investment of about USD 140 million (EUR 108m), the developer estimates.
The Talinay Poniente facility will be powered by 32 turbines, which will be installed at a site in the Coquimbo region. Once completed, it will be able to produce more than 160 GWh of electricity annually, enough to supply about 60,000 local homes. Its output will also help offset over 130,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to Enel’s calculations. Commercial operations are scheduled for the first half of 2015, with the generated electricity will be supplied to regulated-market clients through the power grid of Chile’s Central Region Transmission Network (SIC).
The wind farm will be in proximity to Enel’s 90-MW Talinay Oriente wind park, which was brought online last summer. Enel owns 180 MW of wind farms in Chile and is currently building another 99-MW facility.
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