Chile to step up creation of wind energy

Pattern Energy Group recently agreed on a 20-year renewable power sale and energy services agreement with Minera Los Pelambres, a Chile mining company, for its El Arrayan Wind project located in north Santiago on the country's coast.

"Pattern is expanding its development reach into Latin America with the El Arrayan project, which boasts one of the strongest wind resources in Chile," said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy. "We were attracted to Chile because it is an investment-grade country with a very attractive power market and growing demand for electricity."

El Arrayan is currently in development, and when it is completed in 2013, the 115-megawatt project will be Chile's largest wind energy project. It will be able to create enough clean energy to power up to 45,000 local homes without creating any harmful emissions.

While El Arrayan is only in the development stage, Chile is the home to a new wind farm on behalf of Barrick Gold, which recently began operation at the Punta Colorado Wind Farm.

The $50 million development uses 10 wind turbines that generate 20 megawatts of power and provides clean energy to roughly 10,000 homes. 

Author: Elysia Niemi

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