Enel Green Power Peru (EGPP), a subsidiary of Italian energy business Enel, has broken ground on its first wind farm in Peru.
The 132MW wind farm, known as Wayra I1, is located in the district of Marcona, Ica region in Peru.
Enel will spend nearly $165m in the construction of the new wind farm, where installation of the first wind turbines are under progress.
Approximately 42 wind turbines of over 3MW each will be installed in the new wind facility, which will generate 600GWh of electricity per annum.
The power generated by the wind farm would be sufficient to meet the electricity requirements of more than 480,000 homes in Peru. It will also reduce the emission of 288,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.
Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines has inked a 20-year electricity supply contract to support the new project, which is scheduled to become operational during the first half of 2018.
Enel Green Power head Antonio Cammisecra said: “The construction of Enel's first wind farm in Peru furthers our presence in the country and demonstrates our strong commitment to the Peruvian renewable energy market.
“We are fully dedicated to developing new projects that will contribute to the diversification of our footprint in the country. Our aim in Peru is to become the leading player in renewable energy, which we consider to be essential for a sustainable development at the local and national level."