Provinces advance solar, wind projects

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Argentine province Salta's environment minister Alfredo De Angelis met with SolarNoa Argentina and a Chinese delegation to advance a parabolic mirror thermosolar project in Valles Calchaquíes near the town of San Carlos.

SolarNoa has signed a contract with Heilongjiang Zhongjing New Energy and Harbin Turbine to build South America's first such plant, which trust funds from China and Europe will finance, the provincial government said in a statement.

The US$100mn, 20MW plant will take up 70ha and take 18 months to build. SolarNoa also plans to build a thermosolar mirror factory at Salta's industrial park.

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In Chubut province, the environment ministry reported a public hearing will take place December 6 to review Eólico Valle Hermoso's EIS for the company's planned 12MW wind farm.

The US$26mn project would boast eight, 1.5MW NRG 1500 turbines and connect to the national SADI grid via the Patagonia SIP grid at the Valle Hermoso transformer, according to the 463-page EIS, available in Spanish here

And also from Chubut, governor Martín Buzzi presided over the signing of a framework agreement between the country's industrial technology institute Inti and the province's renewable energies promotion agency Apper to certify medium and high-capacity wind turbines. The event included the creation of a provincial wind cluster to collect, guide and strengthen local technological capacity.