The largest wind farm in Latin America will be inaugurated in Oaxaca

On Tuesday, the wind farm of the Eólica del Sur project will be inaugurated in Oaxaca. It is considered the largest in Latin America and in its construction process had an investment of over 200 million dollars in the municipalities of Juchitán and El Espinal, owned by the Japanese company Mitsubishi Corporation.

The inauguration will be headed by Governor Alejandro Murat Hinojosa and the head of the Environment Ministry of the federal government, Rocío Nahle García, with the presence of Eduardo Zenteno Garza Galindo, general director of Eólica del Sur.

The Wind Farm has 132 wind turbines of the highest technology, with the capacity to generate 396 megawatts each, located in an area of ​​approximately 5,332 hectares distributed in two polygons: Bii Nissa Polygon with 60 wind turbines for 180 MW and the Polígono Xtipa Bii with 72 aereogenerators for 216 MW.

It also has two substations, one in each polygon, which are interconnected to the substation of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) called Ixtepec Power through transmission lines.

Once operating, the annual emission of 879,000 tons of greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere would be avoided. The energy produced is completely safe and does not affect health.

With this Wind Farm, there are 25 wind farms in operation in 6 municipalities of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, with 2,123 wind turbines installed.

According to Mexico Wind Power, it is expected that by 2024, Mexico could be generating 34 percent of its electric power from clean sources (it now generates 11 percent). Each MW of wind avoids the annual emission of 2,900 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, which is why it is so propitious to curb climate change.

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This article was written by Ian Hayden Parker, Oaxaca Life staff writer, the leading source for English news in Oaxaca, Mexico.