With the presence of the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, the Totoral Wind Farm, the largest of its kind in the country, was inaugurated. It is located near the city of Coquimbo, in the north of Chile.
Built by the Norwegian company SN Power, the project’s total cost amounted to US$140 million and is the result of the Chilean government’s efforts to implement a more diverse and sustainable power matrix, with renewable energy as its fundamental pillar.
The new wind farm, which the head of state qualified as “a dream come true”, has an installed capacity of 46 megawatts. This will enable an annual average production of 110 gigawatts, enough to supply some 50,000 homes.
Four years ago, at the beginning of the Bachelet administration, the country generated only two megawatts of wind energy. At present, practically 170 megawatts of energy are produced using wind as a generator of electricity.
“This has to do with our statement when we set off on this administration regarding the pressing need for our energy policy to encompass diversity, both in terms of sources of energy and energy providers”, indicated the President.
The initiative, in which the Chilean company Centinela also participated, was built under the aegis of the new Law on Non-Conventional Renewable Energy Resources and will contribute its total production to the Central Interconnected System that supplies energy to 93% of Chile’s population.
Once the farm is set in motion, it will possible to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 65 million tons per year, which is equivalent to taking 15,000 vehicles off the road in Santiago.