ENEL GREEN POWER: FIRST WIND FARM IN CHILE ENTERS SERVICE
The Talinay plant has an installed capacity of 90 MW and is capable of generating over 200 million kWh annually
Construction of the new plant required an investment of around 165 million US dollars
Rome, March 25th, 2013 Enel Green Power has connected to the grid its first wind farm in Chile, located in Talinay (region of Coquimbo).
The Talinay wind farm has an installed capacity of 90 MW and will be able to generate up to 200 million kWh per year once fully operational.
The new plant, designed and developed by Danish company Vestas, is comprised of forty-five 2 MW wind turbines also built by Vestas.
Construction of the Talinay plant required a total of, approximately, 165 million US dollars.
With the start-up of operations at Talinay, Enel Green Power has strengthened its presence in the promising Chilean renewable energy market by expanding its installed capacity to 182 MW.
The Company is currently in the process of constructing a 90 MW wind farm in Valle de los Vientos, in region II of Antofagasta. Once completed, this wind farm will bring Enel Green Powers installed capacity in Chile to 272 MW.
This first wind farm, stated Francesco Starace, CEO of Enel Green Power - represents one more step forward in our growth strategy in Chile, a country blessed by a huge potential in the renewable energy sector. Once the Valle de Los Vientos wind farm will be completed, we will have tripled our initial installed capacity, thereby significantly consolidating our footprint in this country.
Enel Green Power is the Enel Group company fully dedicated to the development and management of renewable energy sources at the international level, with operations in Europe and the Americas. The company generated more than 25 billion kWh in 2012 from water, sun, wind and the Earths heat - enough to meet the energy needs of around 10 million households and avoid the emission of over 18 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. Enel Green Power is a world leader in the sector thanks to its well-balanced generation mix, providing generation volumes well over the sector average. The Company has an installed capacity of 8,000 MW from a mix of sources including wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biomass. Currently, EGP has over 700 operational plants in 16 countries in Europe and the Americas.
In Latin America, Enel Green Power runs renewable energy plants in Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Chile and Brazil for a total installed capacity of 900 MW. In the wind sector, the company is currently building three plants in Brazil for a total installed capacity of 90 MW and has a 24 MW wind farm in Costa Rica, as well as two wind farms, totalling 144 MW, in Mexico. With its century-long experience in the field of geothermal energy, Enel Green Power is developing new opportunities in this sector. In Chile, in particular, the company is exploring several concessions for a potential capacity exceeding 100 MW.
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