Pattern Energy Group Inc. has reached full commercial operations at its first wind farm outside North America. According to the company, the 115 MW El Arrayan Wind project is the largest wind farm in Chile, as well as in all of South America.
‘With the completion of El Arrayan Wind, we are expanding our portfolio of world-class wind power projects with stable long-term cashflows in attractive markets,’ says Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy. ‘We were drawn to Chile for its robust and stable economy, its electricity pricing in U.S. dollars and its aggressive policy to expand renewables given their limited domestic energy resources.
"The project is one of the best wind sites in all of Chile," continues Garland. "We have delivered El Arrayan on time, increasing our total operations to eight operating wind facilities – with three more projects totaling 393 MW in construction, all of which are on track to be completed this year.’
El Arrayan Wind features 50 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines, which Pattern Energy is also using at other wind projects in Canada and the U.S. Pattern is the operator of El Arrayan Wind and a joint venture owner with a net ownership interest of 31.5% in the project. The company says approximately 200 jobs were created during construction, as well as up to 15 ongoing permanent positions.