Buenos Aires to develop 240 MW of wind power

Dec. 15, 2000à‚–The province of Buenos Aires in Argentina has plans to develop a total of 240 MW of wind power, according to Business News Americas at Bnamericas.com.

The province’s energy director Alberto Suarez said construction of the first projects would begin in November 2001. One 140-MW project near Bahia Blanca would be connected to the national grid (SIN), and other projects in 5-8-MW blocks of distributed generation would be developed to satisfy local demand and sidestep the need for long-distance transmission. Applications have been filed for 180 MW of wind energy so far.

The turbines will be manufactured by a leading European company in cooperation with a local partner, but Suarez declined to name the company for now.

The province’s Energy Secretariat has collected wind data over five years at 17 sites, and is continuing some wind measurements, according to Suarez. Wind speeds measured range from 7 to 11 m/s (15.7 to 24 mph).

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