May 29 (Renewables Now) - The Mexican state of Oaxaca held on Tuesday the inauguration ceremony for the 396-MW Energia Eolica del Sur wind park, the local government announced.
Dubbed as the largest of its kind in Latin America, the wind power facility was developed by Mitsubishi Mexico in coordination with local funds Fonadin and Balam, and required more than USD 1.2 billion (EUR 1bn) in investments.
Consisting of 132 turbines, Eolica del Sur is expected to offset around 567,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year, the Oaxacan government said.
With its completion, the wind park becomes the 28th in the state, elevating the regional wind capacity to 2,756 MW divided between a total of 1,583 wind turbines.
During the inauguration ceremony, Oaxaca's secretary of Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development, Jose Luis Calvo Ziga, also announced the construction of the local government's first solar farm. The project will be focused on the regional educational sector and benefit more than 1,200 students and teachers.
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