Photo: Wind farms
The IDB financing will contribute to diversifying Uruguay’s energy matrix and reducing its dependence on hydroelectric generation which, during the dry season, forces the country to boost electricity generation from fossil fuels, increasing its carbon footprint and making it vulnerable to oil price fluctuations.
The El Libertador wind farm, to be located in the department of Lavalleja, will be developed by WPE (a fully-owned subsidiary of IMPSA), a Brazilian renewable energy company and one of the largest Latin American developers of wind energy. The project will get a $66 million loan from the IDB for its construction and installation of 44 Vensys IMPSA wind turbines.
The Palmatir wind farm, to be located in the department of Tacuarembó, will be developed by Abengoa S.A, one of the leaders in the renewable energy sector. The Palmatir project will receive $41.7 million in IDB financing for the construction of the wind farm and installation of 25 Gamesa wind turbines.
The combined power generation capacity of the projects will be 115 MW. The projects are expected to avoid the emission of about 302,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year.
Uruguay has 2.578 MW of power generation capacity, of which approximately 60 percent provides from hydropower plants, 33 percent from fossil fuels and the remaining from biomass and wind energy.