Merrill International to build 20-MW wind project in Costa Rica

US-based Merrill International Ltd. has signed a power purchase agreement with Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, the national utility of Costa Rica, for a 20-MW wind-power plant in Costa Rica. Construction of the plant, which is to be the first commercial-scale wind project in Latin America, will begin in May, with commercial operation scheduled for early 1996. Kenetech Windpower will serve as prime contractor and engineer for the project, which will use 55 of Kenetech`s model 33M-VS variable speed wind turbines.