$120 million Wind Farm Announced in El Salvador

The site in Santa Ana will be put out to tender and should be under construction in 2015; its installed capacity will be 42 MW.

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Executive Hydroelectric Commission of the Lempa River (CEL) is looking to build a wind farm in the municipality of Metapan, Santa Ana, where 28 wind turbines each producing 1.5 megawatts, will be installed, which together will eventually generate a total of 42 megawatts , which translates to 126.5 GWh of energy per year, reported Laprensagrafrica.com.

The environmental impact studies, topographic and other complementary studies must be completed in 2013, after which the body plans to call an international tender in 2014 and projects that construction should begin in 2015 with a total investment of $120 million, said Luis Ernest Grace, Manager of Inversiones y Energías Renovables of CEL.

According to estimates by the CEL, this wind farm will avoid around 89,500 tonnes of CO2 and being release to the environment and obviate the purchase of 183,500 barrels of fuel a year.

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Tender for Clean Power Plants in El Salvador

June 2012

The Executive Hydroelectric Committee of the Rio Lempa is planning to put out to tender a concession for a 42 MW wind farm and 14.2 MW solar energy plant.

Because of the lack new sites suitable for the installation of large hydroelectric dams in El Salvador, alternative sources are being considered so as to diversify the country's energy mix, said a spokesman for the Executive Hydroelectric Committee of Rio Lempa (CEL) Ramon Moreno.

Renewable Energy Projects for $916 million  

June 2013

El Salvador announced a renewable energy investment plan which will increase the share of this type of power to 70% of the energy matrix.

The President of the Executive Hydroelectric Commission of the Lempa River (CEL), Leopoldo Samour, explained that "this will increase energy production by approximately 300 megawatts, coming from use of our natural resources and in order to do this we are planning a global investment of $916 million. "

Tender for Wind Potential Measurement

May 2012

The Executive Hydroelectric Commission of the Lempa River (CEL) is inviting bids for the supply and installation of wind measurement stations.

The tender is for supply and installation of wind measurement stations, technical assistance, data analysis and delivery of spare parts.

Salvadoran Wind Power Studies Continue

April 2009

The Salvadoran government has selected the IBERINSA company to perform the second feasibility study for the installation of a wind farm.

The Spanish company, Iberian Studies and Engineering (IBERINSA), has 15 months to develop the study in the municipalities of Metapán, Santa Ana and San Isidro in Sonsonate, starting in May.

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