Sarco Wind Farm begins feeding energy into the National Electric System
The Sarco Wind Farm project, which is located 60 km to the southeast of the northern city of Vallenar, will have a total capacity of 170 MW and will help to increase the percentage of renewable energy within the Chilean energy matrix.
This week marked an important milestone in the project´s construction with the first wind turbines starting operations. The Sarco Wind Farm was developed and built by Mainstream Renewable Power and is currently owned by Aela Energía, Mainstream´s joint venture with global market investor Actis.
The project has 50 wind turbines which will generate a total capacity of 170 MW. The energy generated by the turbines will be transported to the Maitencillo substation where it will be injected into the National Electric System (SEN). This energy will be transported via the project´s 71 km transmission line that was finalized at the beginning of February.
Diego Cornejo, Technical Director of Mainstream Chile says, “We are very proud of all the work that our team has done to achieve this important milestone. This involved many hours of engineering and construction work over the last few months in order to ensure that the project could safely inject clean energy into the National Energy System and help Chile to achieve its goal of a 100% renewable energy matrix.”
The project, which involves an investment of around $240 million US dollars, will supply clean energy to the equivalent of 270 thousand homes.