Onshore wind popularity grows in Latin America

Onshore wind power in Latin America is "a hive of activity" as the long-standing markets such as Germany and Spain begin to slow, according to the Latin American Wind Energy Association ( LAWEA).
 
The association highlights Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela as countries where this market is picking up.
 
Last year Mexico’s president Felipe Calderon inaugurated the Rumorosa I wind farm in Baja California, which currently contributes 80 per cent of the energy required by the public lighting system in Mexicali.
 
In Venezuela, the first wind farm in the country has begun producing electricity. The farm was jointly developed by Spanish turbine manufacturer Gamesa and the state-run Petroleos de Venezuela ( PDVSA).
 
On completion in the first half of this year, the 24-turbine wind farm will have an installed capacity of 30 MW.
 

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