Wind Energy Plants - Chile
Canela
Location: IV Region
Operator: Endesa Eco
Configuration: 11 X 1.65 MW V82
Operation: 2007
WTG supplier: Vestas
Quick facts: This is Chile's first wind park. The site is 80km north of Los Vilos in Choapa province, IV Region. The plant went online in Dec 2007 and is expected to supply about 48 GWh/yr. The 70m towers have 82m rotors.

Photograph courtesy of Endesa Chile
Posted 14 Jun 2008

Punta Colorada
Location: II Region
Operator: Barrick Gold Corp
Configuration: 10 X 2-MW D8
Operation: 2011
WTG supplier: DeWind
EPC: Seawind
Quick facts: This is said to be the world's highest full-size windpark being located on a 242ha site at 4,110m elevation in La Higuera town, Coquimbo region, 70km north of La Serena and3 km from the town of Punta Colorada. This $50mn installation is the largest wind farm yet built by a mining company.

Photograph courtesy of www.semanariotiempo.cl
Posted 18 Feb 2012

Talinay Oriente
Location: IV Region
Operator: Enel Green Power Chile
Configuration: 30 X 2-MW V90, 15 X 2-MW V100
Operation: 2013
WTG supplier: Vestas
EPC: Vestas, IDOM, SISENER, ESTEYCO, GES
Quick facts: This WPP is n the Coquimbo province, near the Rio Limarí. The plant was built in 6mos and connected to the grid in Mar 2013.

Photograph by Francesco Miceli
Posted 22 Jun 2013

 
Totoral
Location: IV Region
Operator: LAP - Latin America Power
Configuration: 23 X 2-MW V90
Operation: 2010
WTG supplier: Vestas
Quick facts: This wind park was inaugurated on 20 Jan 2010 outside the town of Canela 300km north Santiago. Annual output of about 110 GWh is sold into the Chilean central grid. The V90 machines are 125m tall and weigh 225t. Totoral represents a total investment of $140mn and is the first-ever renewable energy project to be financed under Chile's "Non-Conventional Renewable Energy Law". The opening ceremony was headed by Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile, who was accompanied by Sigrid Hjornegard, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy along with SN Power executives and staff.

Photograph courtesy of SN Power
Posted 6 Mar 2010

Valle de los Vientos
Location: II Region
Operator: Enel Green Power
Configuration: 45 X 2-MW V100
Operation: 2013
WTG supplier: Vestas
Quick facts: This WPP was completed at the end of Dec 2013. The total cost was $170mn. The investment was partly covered through a loan that EGP agreed with the Danish Export Credit Agency (EKF) and Citi, the latter as sole lead arranger and agent. The €100mn loan was also used for the Taltal WPP. Valle de los Vientos connects to the SING at the Calama Substation.

Photograph courtesy of Enel
Posted 25 Jun 2015

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 25-Jun-2015

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