Chile to be site of Latin America's biggest
Jul 30, 2008 - EFE
Santiago - Spain's Grupo Enhol energy firm and Chilean
developer Haciendas Talinay announced Wednesday that they
plan to spend more than $1 billion building Latin America's
largest wind farm in this Andean nation.
The energy generation park, which will have the capacity
to produce 500 megawatts, will be built in three phases,
the first of which will begin in 2009 and the last of
which will be wrapped up in 2011, according to a communique
released Wednesday by Enhol.
The park will have 243 generators which will be installed
on approximately 10,000 hectares (almost 25,000 acres)
near the city of Ovalle, 411 kilometers (255 miles) north
The project will also include the construction of subterranean
and aerial transmission lines, an electricity substation,
two posts where one can get a view of the complex and
an open cultural center.
Project developers also have planned to promote the
tourist attractions of Haciendas Talinay and the Fray
Jorge National Park with the construction of viewing spots
and exploration centers.
The wind farm will be developed by Eolica Talinay, a
joint venture of Haciendas Talinay and Grupo Enhol, with
the Spanish firm holding the majority stake.
Enhol director Alfonso Arroyo said that "this park represents
a qualitative leap in the activities of the Group outside
The Eolica Talinay wind park, in addition to increasing
the supply of renewable energy in Chile, will provide
local jobs and will generate revenue for the area.
"This project, like all those of Grupo Enhol, has as
its objective generating clean energy, sustainable development
and wealth in the area," Arroyo said.
It is estimated that the use of the energy generated
at the new park will prevent the emission into the atmosphere
of 19 million tons of carbon dioxide between 2010 and
Enhol is a Spanish group specializing in the development
of renewable energy via the promotion, design, construction
and operation of wind and solar complexes, and it has
operations underway in 15 countries in Europe, the Americas
The first wind farm built in Chile is located in Aysen,
some 1,400 kilometers (868 miles) south of Santiago. It
was set up by the firm Edelaysen and produces - in its
first phase - 2 megawatts.
Meanwhile, in the northern municipality of Canela, Spain's
Endesa Eco constructed another wind park with a capacity
of 18.5 megawatts. EFE