The purpose of Monte Redondo Wind Farm is to generate renewable energy and supply electricity to the Chilean National Electricity System which is now in a transformation and decarbonization process. Currently, 21% of the country's electricity is generated using wind and solar resources.
EMR is located in the deserted area of the Coquimbo (IV) region in Chile. The installed capacity is up to 48 MW and the average generation is 132,534 MWh/year, taking advantage of the region’s huge wind potential. EMR also helps to reduce CO2 emissions by replacing power generated using fossil fuel into the national grid. Furthermore, by demonstrating the viability of larger grid-connected wind farms, the project diversifies and reinforces the national energy supply, fosters the development of sustainable energy technologies.
The owner, ENGIE:
EMR is owned by ENGIE, one of the leading energy providers in the world. ENGIE is the largest Independent Power Producer worldwide and is active across the entire energy value chain. It develops its businesses (energy, energy services and environment) around a responsible growth model to take up the great challenges: responding to energy needs, fighting against climate change, and maximizing the use of resources. ENGIE relies on diversified supply sources as well as flexible and highly efficient power generation in order to provide innovative energy solutions to its clients.
Project sustainable contribution:
EMR contributes to the sustainable development of the region and the country with no relevant local environmental impacts, as described below:
Communities: The Project supports the foundation Un Alto En el Desierto which seeks to support individuals, organizations and communities in developing strategies to adapt to water scarcity through environmental education, innovation and the development of water solutions
Infrastructure: Improves the local infrastructure (roads and electricity grid) since existing road were reinforced and 14. 7 kilometers of new roads were constructed.
Technology: The project supported the technology transition process in the country. EMR was developed and constructed when there were almost no wind farms in Chile, therefore its development helped to create construction and operational skills in Chile and bring to the country the best technology practices from industrialized countries.
Added value: For the local resources and generation of income. The project site is on private land which has been leased for a 20-year period. Accordingly, landowners will receive additional steady income without affecting current land use.
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