ACCIONA has carried out two wind projects in the region of La Araucania (Chile), totaling 267 MW of combined capacity.
In late 2019, the company put the San Gabriel Wind Farm into service. ACCIONA owns and operates this 183-megawatt (MW) facility which will produce emission-free electricity equivalent to the consumption of over 270,000 Chilean homes.
The new renewable facility is equipped with sixty-one AW132/3000 wind turbines of Nordex Acciona Windpower technology. This model has been designed to optimize energy capture on sites with low wind speeds. With rated power of 3 MW, each turbine will be powered by a 132-meter-diameter rotor on a concrete tower with a hub height 120 meters, reinforced with anti-earthquake technology.
The installation of San Gabriel has meant the creation of around 510 jobs on average during the construction period, and another 15 permanent jobs for the operation and maintenance of the wind farm, plus the knock-on effect on the economic development of the region.
Additionally, the company is currently buidling the Tolpan Sur Wind Farm in the same municipality. It features 28 wind turbines similar to those installed in San Gabriel WF, totaling 84 MW which will be able to meet the power demand of some 137,000 homes.
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