Wind farm environmental safeguards explained at community Q&A
17 September 2019
Cuel Wind Farm
Negrete residents packed out the local school hall to hear about Mainstream's wind farm projects in the area
Mainstream’s team in southern Chile seized an opportunity to showcase the benefits of renewable energy and its role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions during a community seminar on the environment last week.
Héctor Pereira, Project Manager of the Entre Ríos wind energy project in the Bío Bío region, travelled to the neighbouring town of Negrete to speak at the event that we co-hosted with the local council and wind energy developers WPD.
His presentation – “Clean energy, wind/solar and the company’s experience in Chile” – stirred plenty of interest among the audience of local students and residents, and drew questions about how Mainstream minimises the environmental impact of its wind farms in the area.
As well the 311 MW Entre Ríos project, which will host 69 turbines when it enters operation, Mainstream is developing the nearby 84 MW Alena Wind Farm as part of our Andes Renovables platform, and has been generating power at the neighbouring Cuel Wind Farm since February 2014.
The seminar, run with the support of waste management company Greenwalk and the Agricultural Secondary School of Negrete, also addressed the town’s rubbish problem, with plans to launch a new Municipal recycling programme later this year receiving positive feedback.
Watch the TV news item (in Spanish) from Zona Cero Canal below.
Cuel Wind Farm
The Cuel wind farm is located in Los Ángeles city in the Bíobío region of Chile. Mainstream fully developed the project in association with local authorities, municipalities and the community.
Construction of all 22 turbines was completed Q1 2014 and, in February 2014, the project started to generate power and sold on the spot market – a first in the industry.
Subsequently, Cuel was sold into the Aela Energía platform, the joint venture company between Mainstream and Actis. In 2022, Canadian-listed Innergex Renewable Energy purchased the Aela Energía platform.
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