juwi Energias Renovables, a subsidiary of the German juwi group, has completed a 15.3 MW wind farm about 1,800 meters above sea level near the capital of Costa Rica.
The Eólico Valle Central wind farm consists of 17 Enercon E-44s turbines and is expected to generate eco-friendly electricity for approximately 15,000 local households.
Speaking of the conditions under which the wind farm was developed, Alejandro Lobo-Guerrero, juwi's managing director in the Central American nation, recalled that the project was "no easy task."
"Construction work took place during the rainy season. Given that the wind farm is situated on top of the hills, the roads were slippery, steep and difficult to access," Lobo-Guerrero said.
"That’s why we are particularly proud of the project," he added.
Despite all logistical obstacles: juwi connected the wind farm to the grid today, 7 December, as scheduled.
The 17 Enercon E44s have a capacity of 900 KW each. Thanks to the excellent wind conditions, 37 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity can be harvested annually, the company said.
This is a major boost in Costa Rica’s climate objectives: The wind farm reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43,000 tons per year. Costa Rica’s ambition is to have 100 percent renewable energies by 2021.