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22 June 2018 2018 09:15 AM GMT

Growth Of Renewables In Peru As Enel Opens Largest Wind Farm In Country

Enel is now Peru’s leading renewable energy generator with around 1.1 GW of installed capacity following the commissioning of Wayra I which, with more than 132 MW, is Peru’s largest wind farm currently in full service. Wayra I, which is operated by Enel’s local renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power Peru (“EGPP”) and located in Marcona, in the Ica Region, is also the Group’s first Peruvian wind farm. Enel invested more than 165 million US dollars in the construction of this wind facility, in line with the investment outlined in its Strategic Plan.

“With the entry into service of Wayra I, which follows the commissioning of solar plant Rubì, Enel Green Power has now completed and connected to the grid around 94% of the capacity awarded in Peru’s fourth public renewables tender, delivering on schedule on the committed targets and becoming a sector leader in the country. This is just a first step for scaling up renewables in Peru,” said Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel’s Global Renewable Energies Division Enel Green Power (EGP).

The new wind farm, which was built in around one year and comprises 42 wind turbines of over 3 MW each, is expected to produce approximately 600 GWh per year, enough to avoid the annual emission of over 285,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. The energy generated by the wind farm is being delivered to the Peruvian transmission grid (SEIN) through the Poroma substation. The project is supported by a 20-year energy supply contract with Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines.

From January 2018 to date, EGP has connected six renewable plants to grids around the world, including Wayra I, exceeding 1000 MW of installed capacity.

EGP Peru has implemented several initiatives to support local businesses and communities, including environmental monitoring by local associations and institutions. The construction site of Wayra I applied Enel’s Sustainable Construction Site model, which includes both the measuring of the project’s socio-environmental impact and actions aimed at incorporating the rational use of resources, such as through a waste recycling project repurposing the construction site’s wooden pallets to produce eco-friendly furniture.

The Wayra I construction site used a CO2-free nanotechnology wastewater treatment plant powered by a small wind turbine with a battery storage system. This innovative plant, one-of-a-kind across the Enel Group, filters wastewater through a series of ceramic membranes with BioGill-patented nanotechnology, which allows bacteria to purify water in a natural way. This technology allowed EGPP to reuse approximately 350 cubic metres of water during the wind farm’s construction works hence saving water while avoiding the emission of around 1.64 tonnes of CO2 by reducing the use of motor vehicles for mud removal.

Enel is present in the Peruvian renewables sector through EGPP, which operates the 180 MW Rubí solar plant in Moquegua as well as Wayra I and through Enel Generación Perú, which operates seven hydro plants for a total capacity of approximately 790 MW. Enel is the only player operating renewable plants of three different technologies in Peru: hydro, solar and wind power.

The Enel Group operates 2.3 GW of total installed capacity in Peru through Enel Generación Piura as well as EGPP and Enel Generación Perú. The Group also operates in the country’s distribution sector through Enel Distribución Perú, which serves around 1.4 million customers in Lima Region.

Enel Green Power, the renewable energies division of the Enel Group, is dedicated to the development and operation of renewables across the world, with a presence in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector with a managed capacity of around 42 GW across a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies into renewable power plants.

January 30th 2019
Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Growing, Taking Place in 75 Countries

Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall electricity demand of France, according to the report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). With the continued decline in the costs of renewables, the report suggests, corporate demand will continue to increase as companies seek to reduce electricity bills, hedge against future price spikes and address sustainability concerns.

January 25th 2019
Wind: China Maintains Emerging Markets Top Spot Following 19.7GW Build Boom

Wind industry intelligence service A Word About Wind has launched its Emerging Markets Attractiveness Index report for 2018, which provides insight and analysis into the most attractive emerging markets for wind companies. The index, now in its second year, ranks the top 30 emerging markets that investors should consider when investing in wind in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. The list considers factors including political and economic stability for investors, alongside the growth of electricity demand and potential for wind growth, in order to rank the countries by overall potential. As with last year’s report, China tops the list and the ongoing trade war with the US shows no sign of slowing China’s formidable growth.

January 25th 2019
Arsenal Unveil Battery Storage System: First Of Its Kind At A UK Football Club

Arsenal Football Club has unveiled a battery storage system (BSS) to store enough energy to run the 60,000 seater Emirates Stadium from kick-off to full time. It follows a unique collaboration with Pivot Power to install a 2MW/2.5MWh lithium ion BSS, with funds managed by Downing LLP. The project, the first of its kind in the UK, will also save club money as it works to support low-carbon plans. The BSS allows Arsenal to avoid peak power prices, buying electricity when it is cheap and storing it for use when prices are high. Typically, energy can cost three times more at peak times than overnight. The installation maintains Arsenal as the leader in sustainability in sport following its commitment to clean energy with Octopus Energy in 2016.

November 16th 2018
India: Improved Monsoon Winds Help Power Producers in 2018 

After a prolonged period of decline, wind speeds in India during the 2018 monsoon season were significantly higher than normal; and up to 20% higher than long-term averages in some regions. These higher wind speeds benefit wind farm production; welcome news for wind energy operators and investors, who have faced several years of lower-than-normal wind energy production during the monsoon period. These increased wind speeds can thus counter recent patterns of decline contributing to an increase in investor confidence with a data-driven approach.

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