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Chile: Mainstream achieves energization of the 160MW Llanos del Viento wind farm

Bnamericas Published: Wednesday, January 04, 2023

PRESS RELEASE from Mainstream Renewable Power
January 4, 2023

This is an automated translation of the press release issued in Spanish

Mainstream Renewable Power, a company that currently develops, builds and operates 10 clean energy parks in Chile, announced the energization of its Llanos del Viento wind farm, located in the Antofagasta commune.

Llanos del Viento has 32 wind turbines and an installed capacity of 160 MW. It is located on an area of approximately 1,677.61 hectares and has a transmission line of about 23 km, which is connected to the National Electric System through the O'Higgins substation. Once in operation, the wind farm will deliver enough clean and CO2-free energy to light the equivalent of 175,000 homes and will prevent the emission of 170,000 tons of CO2 per year.

“With the energization of Llanos del Viento, the company takes a new step in its contribution to the decarbonization of the country's energy matrix. We are now in the commissioning stage of the wind farm, a phase prior to its entry into operation”, explains Rubén Sánchez, senior construction manager for Latam at Mainstream Renewable Power.

The wind farm is one of the renewable energy projects that make up the Huemul portfolio that Mainstream is building in Chile. Llanos del Viento will be the company's sixth park to come into operation, which together will have an installed capacity of 854.35 MW.

With this milestone, Mainstream reaffirms its commitment to contribute to the fight against climate change, through the generation of clean energy free of CO2 emissions.

– Initiatives –

Huemul is the company's second portfolio in Chile, which together with Cóndor and Copihue make up the "Andes Renovables" platform. This covers a total of 10 wind and solar projects with an installed capacity of more than 1.3 GW of clean energy, representing an investment of approximately USD$1.8 billion.

The four parks in the Cóndor portfolio that are in operation are the Tchamma (157.5 MW), Cerro Tigre (184.8 MW) and Alena (86.4 MW) wind farms, as well as the Río Escondido (156.75 MW) photovoltaic park. ).

For its part, the Huemul portfolio has five other projects, of which the Pampa Tigre photovoltaic park (108.9 MW) was the first to come into operation. To this will be added the Llanos del Viento wind farm (160 MW), while the Valle Escondido photovoltaic project (111.74 MW) and the Puelche Sur (160 MW) and Ckhúri (formerly Ckani, with 109.2 MW) wind farms will be are in the construction phase.

The Copihue portfolio completes the Andes Renovables platform. This has a wind project, called Caman (148.5 MW), also under construction.

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