The first condition to apply in a wind power project is, of course, to have wind. But tha’s not good enough: you have to have wind constantly, or at least almost constantly to assure a good functioning of the wind turbines and their cost effectiveness. Not many countries can boast about being so windy, but Uruguay is already profiting from it.
With the help of Spanish company Abengoa, which has now been present in the country for more than 30 years, Uruguay will have a 50 MW wind power plant right in its center, in the village of Peralta, Tacuarembi³.
The project will be in good hands, as Abengoa is an international company, specialized in generating electricity from the sun, producing biofuels, desalinating sea water and recycling industrial waste – pretty much anything to do with eco-friendly technologies.
With UTE, Uruguay’s national electricity company, Abengoa has a long history of cooperation, so i’s sure to be around for another 20 years to construct, operate and offer maintenance to the wind power plant.
About 50,000 people will benefit from the plan’s renewable energy outcome, meaning the whole region of Tacuarembi³ and it will save on an annual 100,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. Not only will the people enjoy clean energy, but it will also come at an affordable fixed price.
The power plant will consist of 25 turbines, each with a 2 MW capacity and should be ready in 3 years, according to UTE’s concession agreement. Other Abengoa projects are the modernization of a drinking water plant in Aguas Corrientes and the electricity transmission line from Montevideo to San Carlos. So they are sure to also do a fine job on the wind power plant!