Bolivia's first wind farm opened

BOLIVIA: The first wind farm in Bolivia, constructed by a Chinese firm, has been officially opened by president Evo Morales.

The project features two Goldwind 1.5MW turbines
The project features two Goldwind 1.5MW turbines

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The 3MW development was built by Hydrochina Corporation and consists of two 1.5MW Goldwind turbines.

This is the first stage of the 15MW Qollpana wind farm, which is set to be completed by the Chinese firm if the first development is deemed a success.

In 2012, the People's Republic of China announced its intention to finance the nearby 50MW Tarija wind farm, which is to be developed by Chinese power engineering firm Sinomach.

Bolivia set out ambitious plans in 2011 to construct 150MW of wind capacity by the end of that year, but the country has failed to put any steel in the ground until now.

The government has said it is taking wind measurements across the country to determine the best sites for future developments.

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