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Peru may become the largest producer of wind energy in Latin America

Peru may become the largest producer of wind energy in Latin America
October 28
12:23 2011

LIMA – Renewable energy expert, Alberto Rios, from the European University of Madrid has said that Peru will be one of the largest wind energy producers in Latin America.

by Carolina Leseigneur

Rios was speaking at a wind farm integration seminar in Lima this week, organized by CONCYTEC. Three new wind farms are planned for next year, which will help to reduce the Andean country’s reliance on natural gas.

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Peru may become Latin America's leading wind energy prodcuer. Photo: Carolina Leseigneur.

An additional benefit of the construction of the wind farms is that it will boost social inclusion of rural populations by providing them with a source of employment and energy. This is one of president Humala’s main goals.

At present there are no wind farms in Peru, only experimental turbines that have been installed in promising wind power producing areas of the country. These experimental turbines have shown that wind energy can be produced in Peru at a very competitive cost on a global scale.

The three wind farms planned for Peru should be completed in late 2012. They will be built in northern Peru in Talara and Cupisnique, and a third on in Marcona.

Peru has a strong political will to promote wind power technology, facilitating resources to establish it as a legitimate alternative source of energy for all Peruvians.

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