Enel Green Power, the subsidiary of Italian energy company Enel, has inaugurated a 132MW Wayra I wind farm in Peru.
The wind farm has a total 42 turbines, each with a generating capacity of 3MW and is located near the town of Marcona in the Ica region. This wind farm is expected to generate about 600GWh of clean energy every year, while offsetting about 285,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
The Wayra I wind farm was inaugurated by President Martín Vizcarra Cornejo of Peru.
For the construction of this plant, Enel Green Power has invested nearly $165m, backed by a long term 25 year power purchase agreement with Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mining.
The energy generated by the wind farm is being delivered to the Peruvian transmission grid (SEIN) through the Poroma substation.
The wind farm is located in the heart of Peruvian desert, where the company has launched a sustainability initiative for recycling, reuse and transformation in eco-compatible furniture of thousands of wooden pallets used in the construction phase.
Enel Perù country manager Jose Revuelta Mediavilla said: “Wayra I is the key to diversify Peru’s energy mix, while stabilizing its power grid and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Non-conventional renewable power plants are essential for a country in great need of efficient and sustainable energy.”
Commercial operation of this wind farm will add significantly to Enel Green Power’s renewable energy portfolio in the country, with more than 1.1GW in installed capacity.
Besides, the Wayra I wind farm, EGP’s presence in the country is also known for its Moquegua solar park with 180MW capacity and by seven hydroelectric plants, managed by Enel Generation Peru, generating 790MW.
So far this year, EGP has connected six renewable plants to grids around the world, including Wayra I, exceeding 1GW of installed capacity.