El Conquistqdor Francisco de Orellana

El Conquistqdor Francisco de Orellana
The Conquistador who put the Amazaon baisn "on the map"....Francisco Orellana

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ecuador Builds First Wind Farm

QUITO, 17 AUGUST, 2011: Ecuador's first wind farm to generate electricity will be built next month in the southern province of Loja.

The Electricity Corporation of Ecuador (Celec) said the project costing US$34 million providing a total of 15 megawatts to the national power system should be operational next year.

The construction will done by the Chinese company Global Goldwind, which won the contract through a tender in which four Chinese companies participated.

The wind farm, which will be the first to work 8,858 feet above sea level, comprises 11 wind turbines between 50 and 80 feet high, a substation and a three-mile transmission line to carry the power to the substation in the city of Loja and then to the National Interconnected System.

The government of President Rafael Correa is carrying out numerous projects aimed at developing the power generation using renewable energy sources in order to substantially change the national energy matrix, which is based on oil, sources said.

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