Enel Greenpower becomes Peru’s main renewable player
Enel Green Power (EGP) has announced the entry into service of Peru’s 132 MW Wayra I wind farm. A total of 165 million US dollars were invested to build Wayra I, which is located in Marcona, in the Ica Region, and is the country’s largest facility.
Thanks to the new farm, EGP has increased its total renewable energy capacity in Peru to nearly 1.1 GW, becoming the country’s major renewable player. It is a most important result, which consolidates Enel Green Power’s leadership in the field of renewable energy in Latin America. The new farm prevents Peru from releasing over 285,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere every year.
The energy generated by the Wayra I wind farm will be delivered to the Peruvian transmission grid, the National Interconnected Electricity System (SEIN) through the Poroma substation. The project, which is supported by a 20-year energy supply contract, will be delivered to the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Peru.
In line with its corporate business model, which is strongly focused on sustainability, EGP has launched several initiatives in parallel with the construction of the farm. They are designed to support local businesses and communities, including environmental monitoring by local associations and institutions, the measuring of the project’s socio-environmental impact and a set of projects aimed at enhancing the rational use of resources, for example promoting a waste recycling project reusing the construction site’s wooden pallets to produce eco-friendly furniture.
Moreover, the Wayra I wind farm is a cornerstone in the Enel Group portfolio, thanks to its CO2-free nanotechnology wastewater treatment plant, which is powered by a small wind turbine and equipped with a battery storage system. The plant filters wastewater through a series of ceramic membranes using BioGill-patented nanotechnology, which allow bacteria to purify water in a natural way.
This technology has enabled Enel Green Power Peru – EGPP – to recycle approximately 350 cubic metres of water during the wind farm’s construction works, saving water while preventing the emission of almost 1.64 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere through a more limited use of motor vehicles to remove mud.