Project construction will begin this year at the Villonaco wind farm in Ecuador, starting with preparing the access roads and embankment where the turbines will be erected. Ecuador's Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Esteban Albornoz, said track construction will begin in a month.
The Villonaco project, located in the Loja province south of the country, will provide 26 MW of energy to the National Interconnected System. This is the first wind farm in Ecuador, and the first in the world at an altitude of 2,700 metres.
Albornoz said that this project would promote clean and renewable energy. With an investment of $40 million, Villonaco is part of the Ecuadorian government’s drive to change the country’s energy matrix. "We have the financial structure for the project and will sign agreements very soon" said the Minister.
Besides Villonaco, other wind farm projects are in the pipeline in Imbabura, Carchi and Baltra in the Galapagos, as well as the construction of eight hydroelectric plants.