Rhineland, Germany [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] The juwi group and its European and American project partners have launched construction work on what will be one of the biggest wind farms in Central America. Upon completion, the project known as Proyecto Eolico Guanacaste (PEG) in Costa Rica will comprise 55 wind energy turbines with a total production capacity of 49.5 megawatts (MW). It is juwi’s biggest wind power project to date.
“This endeavor is a milestone in our company history because it represents our entry into the Latin American wind energy market,” says juwi CEO and co-founder Matthias Willenbacher.
The wind farm is scheduled to begin operating within the next year. juwi is the project developer and responsible primarily for project management. PEG is expected to generate approximately 240 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity yearly.
The turbines will operate at full capacity during most of the region’s dry season from December to May. Up until now Costa Rica had to import electricity expensively during that time because the country’s hydropower stations could operate only at partial load.