Eolica Chorotega is a 51% subsidiary of the Co-opguanacaste utility that will buy the power; the remaining 49% belongs to land owners and Turbowinds. Initial plans were to start commercial operations in January, but Turbowinds now plans to start installation in May and commercial operations in August, says the company's Frank Vaes. A second 4.8 MW phase is dependent on Co-opguanacaste upgrading the local substation, Vaes continues, adding that another extension is planned, but without giving details.
Turbowinds, which designs, engineers and assembles equipment whose manufacture it contracts out, also owns part of the 9.6 MW Vara Blanca project, between the towns of Vara Blanca and Poasito, through Electricidad Eolica Vara Blanca Belga Costarricense (EVBC). The $18.7 million project will supply utility ESP Heredia (the other EVBC equity owner) at a cost of $0.1232/kWh. The projects consists of 16, 600 kW turbines and a 22 kilometre transmission line to the town of Heredia. Wind speeds have been measured at an annual average of 7.14 m/s. Contracts are still in negotiation regarding Vara Blanca, Vaes says.