Green light for first wind farm

The Ministry of Energy and Mines has given the green light enabling wind farms to soon begin springing up around Peru. According to the Latin American Wind Energy Association (LAWEA), this South American country boasts an “amazing” wind potential.
Green light for first wind farm

LAWEA revealed in its latest newsletter that the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Peru “has granted a final award in favour of wind energy companies to develop the business of power generation in the Talara wind farm”.

The facility will be constructed in Pariñas district in the province of Talara (Piura) and will have an installed capacity of 30 megawatts.

“The wind farm will be developed under the terms and conditions of the Ministry of Energy and Mines resolution approving the final assignment, and detailed in the concession contract approved,” said LAWEA.

The resolution issued by the Ministry of Energy and Mines comes after the Directorate General for Energy Environmental Affairs approved the Environmental Impact Assessment of the Talara wind farm back in January.

Similarly, another resolution has given final consent for a 220-kilovolt power transmission for the Cupisnique Wind Farm Central - Sub Station Guadalupe, located in the districts of San Pedro de Lloc, San Jose and Guadalupe, Pacasmayo province (La Libertad).

This latest news out of Peru is just another example of how, as we have reported previously, Latin America is gradually ramping up its wind capacity. Much of the developments taking place across the continent are being driven by favourable regulatory changes and policy support.

Wind a supplement to hydro

Panama, for example, is another country in the region which is providing more legal backing to wind energy after the National Assembly recently passed a law that paves the way for the auctioning of wind farm concessions.

According to LAWEA, contracts awarded through the auction with the state-run supplier Transmisión Eléctrica (ETESA) will last for 15 years. Panamanian energy authorities see wind energy as a valuable resource, especially during the dry seasons, when the country’s hydroelectric power dips.

A new section of the LAWEA web page has been published providing a check list to make your Latin American wind energy project more "Bankable". Got to the association's website provided below and click on "Projects".

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