Valle de los Vientos wind farm gains environmental approval

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Chilean environmental regulators have approved the EIA submitted by German renewable energy firm SoWiTec for the 102MW Valle de los Vientos wind park in northern region II.

The US$201mn, 33-turbine project, is set to be built some 10km from the town of Calama, according to SoWiTec.

On-site measurements have shown 7.1m/s after 17 months of testing, the company said in a presentation at the German-Chilean forum on renewable energy.

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The wind farm will generate 250GWh/y and supply the northern SING grid.

The ministry of national assets is in the process of granting the area needed for a 25-year concession, according to SoWiTec.

Construction is estimated to take 16 months. The EIA for the transmission line is still pending approval from environmental authorities, according to SoWiTec.

SoWiTec has approximately 3GW of projects in its development pipeline for Chile. The company also has offices in Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay and Peru.