July 11 (Renewables Now) - The environmental evaluation service (SEA) for the Chilean region of Antofagasta approved on Wednesday the impact report for a 222.6-MW onshore wind project developed by Ireland’s Mainstream Renewable Power.
The Llanos del Viento wind farm comes with an investment of USD 400 million (EUR 355.1m), according to information posted on the SEA website. The wind farm will have 42 units of 5.3-MW turbines scattered across the commune of Antofagasta.
The news comes just five days after Mainstream secured the environmental approval for the 123-MWp Valle Escondido solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the region of Atacama.
According to the company’s website, Mainstream currently has 299 MW of wind projects under construction in Chile and 3,301 MW of wind and solar in development. At present, the Irish company is operating one wind farm in Chile, the 33-MW Cuel park whose owner is Aela Energia, a 40/60 joint venture (JV) between Mainstream and private equity firm Actis.
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