Enel Green Power Peru (EGPP) has started construction of Wayra I, Enel’s first wind farm in Peru.
Located in the district of Marcona in the Ica region, the facility (previously named Nazca) will have a total capacity of 132 MW, representing the country’s largest wind farm, according to EGPP.
The Enel Group will invest approximately $165 million in the construction of the wind farm, which is part of the investments outlined in the company’s current strategic plan. The project, which is expected to enter into service in the first half of 2018, is supported by a 20-year electricity supply contract signed with Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines.
The facility, which comprises 42 wind turbines of over 3 MW each, will be able to generate around 600 GWh per year, equivalent to the annual consumption needs of over 480,000 Peruvian households. The energy produced by the wind farm will be delivered to the Peruvian transmission grid through the Poroma substation.
In line with the Creating Shared Value (CSV) model adopted by the Enel Group, which aims to combine business development and local community needs, EGPP is carrying out a CSV plan aimed at fostering income generation opportunities in the areas neighboring the wind project. The plan, which includes entrepreneurial empowerment courses for women and support for establishing their own businesses, is being implemented in coordination with local authorities and communities.
Last year, the Enel Group was awarded the right to sign the energy supply contracts for Wayra I following the fourth public renewable energy tender launched by Peruvian energy regulator OSINERGMIN. EGPP was awarded a total of 326 MW of wind, solar and hydro capacity in the tender.