- With the 132 MW Wayra I wind farm, Enel reaches an installed renewable capacity of around 1.1 GW, becoming Peru’s leading renewable energy generator
- Investment in the construction of Wayra I amounted to over 165 million US dollars
Lima, July 17th, 2018 – the country’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Francisco Ísmodes Mezzano, together with Enel’s Country Manager in Perú, José Revuelta Mediavilla, and the company’s Head of Renewable Energies for South America, Antonio Scala, inaugurated today Wayra I wind farm, operated by the Enel Group’s Peruvian renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power Peru (“EGPP”).
With an installed capacity of 132 MW, Wayra I, which is located in Marcona, in the Ica region, is Peru’s largest wind farm currently in full service. Following the commissioning of the facility, whose construction required an investment of over 165 million US dollars, Enel has become Peru’s leading renewable energy generator with around 1.1 GW of installed capacity.
“With the operation of Wayra I we further strengthen our presence in the Peruvian renewables sector, contributing to diversify the country’s energy mix, to strengthen the power system’s reliability and to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Non-conventional renewable plants are of paramount importance to meet the country's need for efficient and sustainable generation,” said José Revuelta Mediavilla, Country Manager of Enel Perú.
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 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.
EGPP 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 improving this impact and 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. Moreover, Wayra I construction site used an innovative CO2-free nanotechnology wastewater treatment plant powered by a small wind turbine with a battery storage system, allowed EGPP to reuse approximately 350 cubic metres of water during the wind farm’s construction works.
The Enel Group 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 790 MW. Enel is the only player operating renewable plants of three different technologies in Peru: hydro, solar and wind power.
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