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    Colombia inaugurates the country's largest wind farm built by Elecnor


    January 22, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      Cabo de la Vela (Colombia), Jan 21 (EFE) - Colombian President Iván Duque inaugurated on Friday the Guajira 1 wind farm, the largest in the country, built by the Spanish company Elecnor and located in Cabo de la Vela, the northernmost point of South America. This wind farm, which has 10 wind turbines and had an investment of more than 75 billion pesos (about 18.9 million dollars), is the first of a total of 16 that will be located in the department of La Guajira and is expected to start operating commercially this first quarter of the year. Duque stressed that Guajira 1 is in line with the country's goals of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. "Many thought that this was a quixotic battle," said the president, who recalled that the first auction for the concession "went badly". However, according to Duque, "today we have achieved that Colombia has gone from those incipient 28 megawatts of installed renewable energy capacity that we had in August 2018 to having 2,800 megawatts today." Guajira 1, which occupies 5.5 hectares, will be followed by the Alpha and Beta complexes, in the hands of the Portuguese EDP, which will be much larger than this first one, as it is expected to have 90 wind turbines producing 504 megawatts of energy. THE CRADLE OF ENERGY "La Guajira for many years thought that the sun was not necessarily a blessing, that the sun by generating so much desert (...) ended up affecting the productive capacity; others thought that the wind became another factor of adversity", stressed the president, who stressed that this has now changed. Given the situation of La Guajira, the most desert region of the country bordering Venezuela and the Caribbean Sea, there are "wind speeds that represent twice the world average", according to the Government, which will allow a constant production of energy and may reach 20 megawatts, which is what almost 33,300 Colombian families consume. La Guajira is home to Colombia's largest indigenous population, the Wayúu people, and is one of the poorest areas of the country, due to its drought problems, but also to the numerous extractive projects in the department. This area, historically plagued by child malnutrition and hunger and where most of the population has no access to drinking water, generates 90% of Colombia's non-renewable energy, with wind farms and solar panels, and also has gas and oil deposits on its coasts. In La Guajira there are more than fifty wind farms, in the hands of almost a dozen multinationals such as Spain's Elecnor and Italy's Enel, which are expected to produce 2,188 megawatts of electricity this year. EFE ime/joc/laa (photo)(video)

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