Spain-based Acciona has inaugurated its first wind farm in Chile at the 45MW Punta Palmeras.
The facility is sited in the municipality of Canela in the Coquimbo region and features 15 AW 116/3000 turbines mounted on 92-metre steel towers.
Output is being sold to Colbún in the Central Interconnected System under a 12-year contract. Punta Palmeras is being followed up by wind and solar PV plants totalling 255 MW with an estimated investment of €400m.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Chilean president Michelle Bachelet said the nation is “taking firm steps towards diversifying its energy matrix” and the investment by Acciona confirms that “the energy sector is a very important source of dynamism for our economy, and we should take advantage of it”.
Acciona president José Manuel Entrecanales added: “You have a stable economy with infrastructure needs, talented businesspeople and human resources, political and social stability, enormous quantities of natural resources and above all a long and solid tradition of legal certainty and stability.
“This set of values is not easy to find, and I would even go as far as to say that your ability to attract international investment is practically unlimited.
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