Uruguay plans to install 300 MW of new wind farms by the end of 2015 and an additional 400 MW next year, according reported Gonzalo Casaravilla, chairman of state-owned utility UTE.
The country’s installed wind capacity in the national interconnected system reached 500 MW with the Juan Pablo Terra plant, inaugurated by UTE recently.
The plant consists of 28 Nordex wind turbines of 2.4 MW each, installed near Artigas city. UTE is currently working on a trust fund to finance a new, 150 MW wind project in Tacuarembo department in association with retail investors.
In the last years Uruguay was planning to install 1,200 MW of wind power by the end of 2015, including private and state-owned projects, with the aim to reduce its dependence on imported oil.
Casaravilla said that the government wants to have 1,400 MW of renewable energy in operation in 2016 and that the installed capacity will grow to 4,500 MW from 2,200 MW, including wind, solar, hydro and biomass energy.
Source | renewables.seenews.com