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Central America’s first major wind farm goes online


The 102-megawatt Cerro de Hula facility, the first wind farm in Honduras, has formally started energy production.

The wind farm, which lies 24 kilometers south of the capital Tegucigalpa, was inaugurated in an event attended by Honduran President Porfirio Lobo last week. It began commercial operations in December.

National utility Empresa Nacional de Energ'ia El'ectrica has a 100-megawatt, 20-year power purchase deal from the facility. It is expected to give enough clean power for 150,000 households.

The project is also in the final stages of submission as a Clean Development Mechanism project under the Kyoto Protocol. If successful, it will be the first wind C.D.M. project in the Central American country.

Cerro de Hula is owned by regional renewable energy project developer Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy, which will operate the project through its local subsidiary Energia Eolica de Honduras.

The project was built by Spanish companies Gamesa and Iberdrola Engineering under a $250 million construction contract that includes the installation of 51 Gamesa turbines and maintenance services for a period of two years from the date the facility begins operations.

Cerro de Hula is said to be the largest in the Central American region, with the capacity to produce more than 360 gigawatt-hours a year of clean power.

Globeleq Mesoamerica is 70 percent owned by emerging markets power company Globeleq Generation Limited and 30 percent owned by renewable project development investment group Mesoamerica Power. – EcoSeed Staff



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