Brazil’s Electrobras and Uruguay’s Administracion Nacional de Usinas y Trasmisiones Electricas have started commercial operations of their jointly-developed 65.1-megawatt wind project east of the Uruguayan capital Montevideo.
India’s Suzlon Group supplied its 2.1-MW turbines to the project at Artilleros, and was also the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. The power generated from the will be fed into Uruguay’s national grid.
Construction of the Artilleros wind farm started in January 2014 and is Electrobras’s first international investment. UTE is building another 468.1MW of wind projects.
Uruguay aims to increase its energy from renewables in its total primary consumption to 50% by 2015 from about 40% in 2012. The country had 700MW of installed wind capacity at the end of 2014, up from 59MW a year earlier. By the end of 2015, it will have 1 gigawatt of wind energy.