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Gamesa and Iberdrola Install the First Wind Turbine

Source: 7/1/2011, Location: South America

Gamesa and Iberdrola Ingenieria have installed the first wind turbine in Honduras, at a wind farm that is currently under construction in Cerro de Hula and which will be the largest in Central America, with a power output of 102 MW.

This is the first wind farm to be built in Honduras, and its start-up will result in a 10% increase in the country's total potential energy production .As well as demonstrating a clear commitment to sustainable energy with its use of a clean energy source, this project will also make an important contribution to development in the region, bearing in mind that 36% of the Honduran population still have no electricity. The Cerro de Hula wind farm will be built with an investment of 300 million dollars.

At the end of January, the President of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sousa, laid the foundation stone for the future wind farm in a ceremony attended by a number of state dignitaries, along with US Ambassador Hugo Llorens and Spanish Ambassador Luis Belzuz. The wind farm is located 24 kilometres south of Tegucigalpa, on two hills known as Hula and Izopo in San Buena Ventura and Santa Ana, in the department of Francisco Morazan.

The contract to build the Cerro de Hula wind farm is a "turnkey" contract which is scheduled for completion in 18 months. The new wind farm will be equipped with 51 Gamesa G87-2 MW wind turbines. The contract includes connecting the facility to the electricity network, building access roads, constructing buildings, transporting the wind turbines and completing their electro-mechanical assembly. It also includes maintenance services for two years following start-up.

The owner of this facility is Mesoamérica Energy, a company that is active in the development of renewable energy projects in Central America and countries neighbouring the region, through its local subsidiary Energia Eolica de Honduras (EEH).

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