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.

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Battery Boom: Wind And Solar Can Generate Half Of Worldwide Electricity By 2050

Coal is to shrink to just 11% of global electricity generation by mid-century, from 38% now, as costs shift heavily in favour of wind, solar and batteries. Wind and solar are set to surge to almost “50 by 50” – 50% of world generation by 2050 due to reductions in cost. “Cheap battery storage means that it becomes increasingly possible to finesse the delivery of electricity from wind and solar so that these technologies can help meet demand even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. The result will be renewables eating up more and more of the existing market for coal, gas and nuclear.”

August 10th 2018
Major Role For WorleyParsons’ Advisian On World’s Largest Solar Power Project

Noor Energy 1 has appointed Advisian, the global consulting firm of WorleyParsons, as Owner’s Engineer for the concentrating solar power (CSP) fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. The 700MW project will be the largest of its kind in the world and as an Owner’s Engineer, Advisian will protect the owner’s interests by ensuring all contractors are adhering to project specifications. It will also provide a review of the basic and detailed engineering, manage risk and provide technical support during construction & commissioning of the plant.

August 15th 2018
Electrification The Key To Decarbonising Europe’s Economy

Electrification is the key to decarbonising Europe’s economy, according to WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson. He said: “according to the IEA, wind will be the #1 source of electricity soon after 2030, providing more than 30% of Europe’s electricity, but electricity is only 22% of the final energy needed by Europe’s economy. Political momentum is starting to grow for an EU target of net-zero emissions in 2050. To do this we’ll need to electrify heating and transport, where the share of renewables is just 18% and 6% respectively; that has to be the #1 priority”.

August 8th 2018
Poland Scores Big: Mercedes-Benz Agrees Europe’s First Automotive Sector PPA

Mercedes-Benz has announced Europe’s first automotive Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with a Polish wind farm. It is also the first such deal signed in Poland. It will buy electricity generated at the 45MW wind farm to power its manufacturing facility in Jawor, 10km away from the wind farm. The longer-term goal is to source all of its power needs from renewables. Corporate PPA deals like this are expanding rapidly in Europe. There was a 130% increase in the volume of wind energy contracted through such PPAs in 2017 alone.

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