Vestas wins order in Peru

PERU: Vestas has been handed a 114MW order from ContourGlobal for a project in Peru, its first in the country.

Vestas was unable to disclose the location of the project or what turbines it would be supplying.

ContourGlobal has one wind farm in Brazil, the 150MW Asa Branca wind farm, located in the state of Rio Grande do Norte on the northeast coast. The company has developed a number of electricity generating project in Africa and South America.

In August, the Peruvian government selected three wind power projects totalling 142MW, following the country's first renewable energy auction in February.

The Peruvian-Spanish company Energia Eolica won two contracts: 80MW at Cupisnique and 30MW at Talara.

The third went to Cobra Peru and Peru Energia Renovable for a 32MW facility at Marcona. All three must be operational by 2013, with the output being sold under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

While Peru has just 1MW of wind power turning today, it aims to generate 5% of its electricity from renewables, excluding hydropower, by 2014. The country has an estimated wind power potential of 22GW.

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