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First project in Latin America for German firm Juwi

Construction work on the 49.5 MW Proyecto Eolico Guanacaste wind project in Costa Rica is underway. The wind farm, to be made up of 55 Enercon 900 kW turbines, is being developed by German company Jüwi in partnership with US firm Econergy and Saret de Costa Rica, a local building company. It is Jüwi's largest wind project to date and its first in Latin America. Jüwi and Enercon will maintain the wind farm once it becomes operational, which is scheduled for the end of this year and early 2009. Annual output from the units is expected to be around 240 GWh, says Jüwi, adding the turbines will operate at full capacity for almost all of the dry season between December and May. Costa Rica has 74 MW of operational wind plant to date.

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