Taltal wind farm

The Taltal wind farm is a wind energy project in northern Chile.[1] The farm is named after the commune of Taltal, where the project is located, in the region of Antofagasta, 1,550 km (960 mi) north of Santiago. The plant's connection to the Chilean electricity grid was reported on 5 December 2014.[2] The name "Taltal" came from the indigenous word Thalthal, which means "night bird".[3]

Taltal wind farm
CountryChile
LocationNear Taltal, Antofagasta
Coordinates25.05°S 69.51°W / -25.05; -69.51
StatusUnder construction
Commission date2014
Owner(s)Enel Green Power
Wind farm
TypeOnshore
Power generation
Make and modelVestas V112
Units under const.33
Nameplate capacity99 MW
Annual net output300 GWh

Details

The Taltal wind has 33 V112 wind turbines of 3 MW each, for a total installed capacity of 99 MW,[4] 9 MW more than the Talinay wind farm in the region of Coquimbo, also in the north of Chile. The total investment for the construction of the new wind farm is approximately $190 million US dollars.[5]

The project is supported by a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).[6] The energy generated by the wind farm is delivered to the Chilean central region transmission network / SIC (Sistema Interconectado Central), through the Paposo substation, 50 km away from the plant. The plant has the capacity to generate 300 GWh a year, preventing 200,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually and providing enough electricity to meet the power needs of 170,000 Chilean households.[7]

Purpose

Projects like the Taltal wind farm and others of this kind, jointly organized by the Ministry of National Assets and the Ministry of Energy, aim to diversify the Chilean energy matrix, promoting the development of renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions and energy dependency from abroad, as well as enhancing power supply to support the country’s development and economic growth.


See also

References

  1. "Inician la construcción del mayor parque eólico de Chile-Noticias". Fundación Imagen de Chile. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  2. "Enel Green Power starts operations of 99MW Taltal wind farm in Chile". Kable, a trading division of Kable Intelligence Limited. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  3. Francisco Solano Asta-Buruaga y Cienfuegos (1899). Diccionario Geográfico de la República de Chile. Santiago de Chile. p. 790.
  4. Ben Miller (15 August 2013). "Vestas receives 99MW order from Enel Green Power". Windpower Monthly. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  5. "Enel Green Power starts operations of 99MW Taltal wind farm in Chile". Kable, a trading division of Kable Intelligence Limited. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  6. "ENEL GREEN POWER BREAKS GROUND AT ITS BIGGEST WIND FARM IN CHILE". Enel. 14 August 2013. Archived from the original on 17 August 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  7. "Enel Green Power starts operations of 99MW Taltal wind farm in Chile". Kable, a trading division of Kable Intelligence Limited. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2017.


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