Nicaragua joins the list of Central American countries with commercial wind power projects following construction of the 39.9 MW Amayo wind plant on the shore of Lake Nicaragua. Nineteen Suzlon 2.1 MW turbines have been installed by project developer Consorcio Eólico Amayo SA, with installation of the final rotor blades nearing completion, as is work on a new electric substation connecting the wind plant to a 230 kV transmission line running between the cities of Liberia in Costa Rica and Masaya in Nicaragua. Power is expected to flow to the grid by this month. "The project is on time and, in fact, will come online substantially earlier than its contractual obligations require," says project manager Sean Porter. Total investment in Nicaragua's first wind plant approaches $100 million, with financing provided by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), a regional development bank. The civil and electrical engineering work for the wind farm was completed by Spanish company Socion Ingeniería y Construcción Industrial.
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