Enel confirms construction commences on Peru’s largest wind farm

Italian energy firm Enel (BIT:ENEL) has announced that construction work has kicked off at its Peruvian Wayra I wind farm, which will become the largest such facility in the South American nation.

The 132MW wind farm is located in the Ica region of Peru and will be constructed by the multinational’s subsidiary, Enel Green Power Peru.

The first wind turbines are currently being installed on the facility, which is expected to become fully operational by the first half of 2018.

Wayra I will produce around 600GWh of clean energy annually, enough to power over 480,000 homes across the country.

Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines is also supporting the development with a 20-year power purchase agreement.

“The construction of Enel’s first wind farm in Peru furthers our presence in the country and demonstrates our strong commitment to the Peruvian renewable energy market,” said Antonio Cammisecra, head of Enel Green Power.

“Our aim in Peru is to become the leading player in renewable energy, which we consider to be essential for a sustainable development at the local and national level.”

Enel recently announced that a 180MW wind farm had come online in Brazil, underlining the company’s commitment to the South American wind industry.