The main source of energy in Latin America is hydropower, which represents 30 of 35 plants and is established in 6 of the 8 countries. Hydropower produces 643 MW of 667 MW. The development of Enel Green Power in Latin American energy market is ongoing, as shown by the recent grant of 90 MW of wind power to be built in Brazil, which the company will generate in three wind projects - Cristal, Primavera and Sao Judas – that will be put into service in 2013. The three plants will be able to generate over 390,000 MWh per year, equal to the consumption of around 245,000 Brazilian households and avoiding the emission of about 270,000 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
In Mexico, Enel Green Power is developing wind projects for a total capacity of 2,000 MW, and since 2007 has been operating 3 hydropower plants, with a capacity of 52 MW.
In Chile, Enel Green Power has signed a project development agreement, to develop several wind power projects for a total capacity of up to 850 MW. Thanks to this agreement, Enel will further increase its presence in the promising Chilean renewable energy market characterized by an interesting wind potential to be exploited in the coming years.
Enel Green Power is already present in Chile since 2001 where it operates 2 hydro plants for a total installed capacity of 90 MW and has several geothermal concessions under exploration, in partnership with ENAP (Empresa Nacional del Petroleo); one of them, the estimated 40 MW Quebrada del Zoquete project located in Region II of Antofagasta, is actually in deep exploration phase with an expected commercial operation date in 2012.