Spanish Company to Build $124 Million Wind Farm

Acciona Energía will construct and operate the 49.5 MW wind power plant in Chiripa, north west Costa Rica.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The energy company was awarded the contract as a result of an invitation to tender held by Costa Rica's state-owned electricity and telecommunications provider (ICE).

Acciona Energía will sell the energy produced by the wind power plant to ICE for a period of 20 years as part of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Once the 20 years have passed ownership will pass to ICE, in accordance with the build, operate and transfer (BOT) formula.

The plant will comprise 33 wind turbines, each with capacity to generate 1.5 MW.

An Acciona Energía press release states that it will invest $125 million in the design, construction and operation of the Chiripa wind farm, which will be located near the town of Tilarán in the province of Guanacaste.

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The wind power projects currently under development in the country by national and foreign investors have a combined capacity of 185 MW.

Data from the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) shows that during 2013 energy from renewable sources accounted for 88% of total production in the country.

Panama: License for 20 MW Wind Farm

October 2014

A provisional license has been granted to the company Energía Verde to build and operate a wind farm in the district of Gualaca, province of Chiriqui.

From a resolution given by the National Authority of Public Services (ASEP)

Resolved to:

"... FIRST: GRANT TO the company ENERGÍA VERDE SA, registered in the Public Registry on Listing 617658, Document 352368 a Provisional license for construction and operation of a power generation plant called PARQUE EÓLICO CHIMENEA, to be located in the Hornitos, Gualaca district, province of Chiriquí, with an installed capacity of 19.8 MW. For such purposes, the Certificate of Provisional Registration License No. 206-14 is issued. "

Costa Rica: 49 MW Wind Farm Starts Operation

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The "Chiripa" park in Guanacaste consists of 33 1.5 MW wind turbines and is operated by the consortium made up of the Spanish firm ACCIONA and Grupo Ecoenergía from Costa Rica.

From a statement issued by ACCIONA Energy:

ACCIONA Energía has put the 49.5 MW Chiripa wind farm into commercial service, the company's first in Costa

Renewable Energy Projects in Costa Rica

May 2014

Twelve hydroelectric plants and seven wind parks are scheduled to start operations in the next three years, having capacity to generate up to 800 MW.

Of the 19 projects spread across the country, 15 will be implemented by private producers and cooperatives. The largest project, the Reventazón hydroelectric dam, with a capacity to generate 307 MW and supply 525,000 homes, is being developed by the state-owned Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE). This entity is also carrying out ​the expansion of the Cachi and Rio Macho dams with an approximate generation of 20 MW and 53 MW, respectively.

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