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Chile’s largest wind project begins construction

Construction has begun for Chile’s largest wind project, the 115-megawatt El Arrayan, after the wind farm’s completion of $245 million in financing from several international companies. Located 400 kilometers north of the capital of Santiago, the El Arrayan project will harness the strong coastal winds in the area to provide enough energy to serve up to 200,000 local homes.

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First Wind gets $76 million for their fifth Maine wind farm

United States wind company First Wind is set to begin construction on their fifth wind project in the state of Maine, the 34-megawatt Bull Hill Wind, after getting hold of $76 million in construction financing. A subsidiary of First Wind closed the $70 million non-recourse construction loan and $6 million in letters of credit for the project. Bull Hill Wind will install 19 Vestas wind turbines on Bull Hill and Heifer Hill ridges in Hancock County, Maine. Installation is expected to take place during the summer of 2012, and the project is expected to be online by yearend.

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Vestas to deliver turbines to Latin America’s largest wind farm

Danish wind giant Vestas has confirmed that it will be delivering 396 megawatts’ worth of turbines for the largest wind energy project in Latin America by the second quarter. Vestas said it’s delivering 132 units of their 3-MW “V90” wind turbines to the Mareña Renovables project in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in the state of Oaxaca, southern Mexico.

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G.E., JP Morgan invest in 662-MW Capricorn Ridge wind farm in Texas

GE Energy Financial Services partnered with JP Morgan to invest $225 million on the 662.5-megawatt Capricorn Ridge wind farm in West Texas which is majority owned by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, L.L.C. The move aims to expand G.E.’s renewable energy portfolio in Texas, where they have already invested in 2,143 MW worth of wind farm capacity, which is 20 percent of the entire state’s wind capacity.

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Mareña Renovables wind farm completes $682 million financing

A 396-megawatt wind energy project in Oaxaca, Mexico would begin construction in March following the completion of project financing worth 8.9 billion Mexican pesos ($682 million). The Mareña Renovables wind power project will cost approximately $1 billion and will be jointly developed by Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation, the Macquarie Mexican Infrastructure Fund and PGGM.

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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 Energía Eléctrica has a 100-megawatt, 20-year power purchase deal from the facility. It is expected to give enough clean power for 150,000 households.

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Siemens to supply 200 MW of turbines to Thailand for the first time

Germany’s Siemens A.G. said it just entered the Thai wind market with turbine orders for two wind power plants in Northeastern Thailand with a combined capacity of about 200 megawatts. The company’s Siemens Energy division will be delivering a total of 90 wind turbines to two subsidiaries of Thailand’s Wind Energy Holding Company.

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Vestas receives 206 MW in turbine orders, mostly for the U.S.

Vestas Wind Systems A.S. said it received an order for 150 megawatts’ worth of wind turbines to an undisclosed customer in the United States. Other details were withheld. In an online information sheet, Vestas said the order is for the supply and commissioning of wind turbines along with Vestas’ Scada wind farm management system. Vestas will also service the turbines for five years. The turbines will be delivered in the second half of this year.

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Juhl Wind brings community ownership concept to New York

Minnesota-based wind power company Juhl Wind, Inc. will be developing the 15- to 30-megawatt Black Oak wind farm near Ithaca, New York, with commissioning date sometime in 2013.

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Three groups start head-on fight for France’s 3-GW offshore tender

Three consortia led by Iberdrola S.A. and two rival utilities in France have all submitted bids to secure five spots in the French coast earmarked for the development of the country’s first offshore wind farms. The French government had announced plans to have 6 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2020 as it tries to meet a target of sourcing 23 percent of its energy from renewables by 2020.

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