The renewable energy unit of Italian electric utility Enel has gotten its second wind farm in Mexico up-and-running, a facility developed and built by Spanish turbine maker Gamesa at a cost of some $160 million.
Enel Green Power said in a statement Friday that the wind farm, known as Zopiloapan - Bii Nee Stipa III and located in the southern state of Oaxaca, has an installed capacity of 70 MW and a load factor of around 40 percent.
Thanks to the "outstanding wind conditions" of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, this new farm will produce some 250 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy per year once it is fully operational and avoid the emission of some 150,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, EGP said.
The wind farm bolsters EGP's presence in Mexico's renewable energy market. That company began operating in Mexico in 2007 in the hydroelectric sector and presently has 200 MW of installed capacity in that country.
EGP CEO Francesco Starace said in a statement that the new wind farm, located near Bii Nee Stipa II (a 74 MW wind installation launched by EGP earlier this year), marks another step in the company's Latin America growth strategy, which he added was proceeding as planned.
Rome-based EGP, which generated 22.5 billion KWh in 2011 from water, sun, wind and the Earth's heat, operates renewable energy plants in Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Chile and Brazil for a total installed capacity in Latin America of 901 MW. EFE