Oaxaca, Mexico [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Mexican President Felipe Calderon helped to celebrate the start of development on the Eurus wind farm, which, already underway, will have a total installed capacity if 250 megawatts (MW) that will be consumed mainly by Cemex. The wind farm represents an investment of US $550 million by the Spanish company Acciona.
The project has been developed jointly between Cemex and Acciona Energia and will have 167 wind turbines with 1.5 MW of capacity each, built by Acciona Windpower. It is located in Juchitan, in the Southern Mexican State of Oaxaca in a 2,500 hectare area in the Tehuantepec Isthmus, an area well-known for its wind resources.
The project has created more than 850 jobs in the region during the construction phase and will have a local economic impact equivalent to 20 million Mexican pesos [US S1.39 million] per year. The first phase will be operational in the first quarter of 2009 and the last phase will be operational in the last quarter of 2009. Currently 25 turbines have been installed.
“Eurus is the largest wind farm installed by our company in the world and represents a huge impulse to the development of wind power in Mexico. This country has great potential for wind development and should take advantage of this in the necessary transition toward a more sustainable energy model, creating with it wealth and employment in a sector of the future,” said Esteban Morras, board member of Acciona.