Minister of Energy of Chile visits the first wind turbine of Opdenergy’s La Estrella wind farm

4 December 2020

  • With a 50 million dollar investment, the project will have an installed capacity of 50 MW and will provide clean and renewable energy, equivalent to the consumption of 60 thousand homes

The Minister of Energy, Juan Carlos Jobet, visited the installation of the first wind turbine at La Estrella Wind Farm, owned by Opdenergy, a Spanish company dedicated to energy production.

The project, located in the O’Higgins Region, involves an investment of 50 million dollars, will have an installed capacity of 50 MW and will deliver clean and renewable energy, equivalent to the amount required to supply 60,000 homes. The park includes 11 wind turbines with a maximum power of 4.5 MW each, a height of 127.5 m and a three-bladed rotor with a diameter of 145 m, making it one of the most modern and efficient wind farms in the country.

This project has an Electrical Substation and a Transmission Line of approximately 1.4 km that connects to the Quelentaro-Portezuelo 110 kV line, through which the energy and power generated by the wind farm will be fed back into the Central Interconnected System grid (SIC in Spanish).

The wind farm will commence operations in the first quarter of 2021, thereby supplying 50% of the energy committed by the company in the contract awarded under the “Licitación de Suministro para Clientes sometidos a Regulación de precios 2015/01”.

Carlos Ortiz, Managing Director of Opdenergy in Chile, said: “La Estrella Wind Farm is very symbolic because not only is it our first project with this technology worldwide, it is also the first one in Chile, where we have a portfolio of solar power and wind energy investments of more than 800 million dollars in order to reach 1GW within the next 4 years”.

Opdenergy is also currently building the Sol de Los Andes PV farm, in the Atacama Region, and three photovoltaic projects corresponding to the PMGD (Small and Medium-sized Distributed Generation) segment in the Valparaiso Region. In this way, it will have a total of up to 182 MW in Chile and will thus avoid the emission of 23,500 CO2 tons when compared to other energy sources, thereby becoming a significant player in the national industry.