The Huascachaca wind farm, the largest in Ecuador with a capacity of 50 megawatts, is in the final stages of conditioning and testing to start operating in the first quarter of this year, as announced by the Ministry of Energy and Mines in a release.
On Thursday night, the last of the 14 wind turbines was raised, of which 11 are already in the testing phase and provide energy to the national system, through the Cuenca-Loja line, of 138 kilovolts.
Each generator is rated at 3,571 megawatts, and at full operation, the field is expected to supply electricity for 90,000 homes at 130 gigawatt hours.
The park is located in the San Sebastián de Yuluc area, on a plateau at an altitude of 1,400 meters in the canton (municipality) of Saraguro, belonging to the southern province of Loja, on the border with Peru.
It has been built with an investment of US$ 90 million, financed with resources from the Development Bank of Ecuador and the public company Elecaustro, attached to the Ministry of Energy.
With the start-up of this wind project, the emission of 76,000 tons of carbon dioxide will be reduced, according to the ministry’s statement.
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