Irish Mainstream receives endorsement to build wind farm in southern Chile for US $260M

The Environmental Assessment Service (SEA) of the Los Lagos Region approved the Environmental Qualification Resolution (RCA) of the Puelche Sur Wind Farm of Mainstream Renewable Power Chile, a company of Irish origin, dedicated to develop, build and operate wind projects and solar.

This project contemplates an investment of US $260 million and will have an estimated capacity of 153 MW, equivalent to the consumption of at least 180 thousand households per year.

The Puelche Sur Wind Farm will be located in the communes of Frutillar and Puerto Octay and will consist of 51 wind turbines that will be located on 3,000 hectares, occupying only 3.7% of the surface. In addition, it will be connected to the National Electric System (SEN) through an elevating substation and an electric transmission line of approximately 10 km.

“The Puelche Sur project will contribute to clean up the energy matrix in the region and the country. Chile has great potential for the development of renewable energies, so we want to continue contributing through our portfolio of more than 3,000 MW and at the same time contribute to local development, “said Manuel Tagle, general manager of Mainstream.

It should be noted that during the environmental assessment process an indigenous consultation was conducted where Mainstream was invited to present the compensation and mitigation measures of the project and had the opportunity to improve the project together with the indigenous communities.

The Puelche Sur Wind Farm corresponds to the second Mainstream initiative in the region. The company was also in charge of the development and construction of the 129 MW Aurora Wind Project, currently belonging to Aela Energía.

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