Multinational energy business Enel has announced that construction has begun on Wayra I, its first wind farm in Peru. In a statement on Monday, Enel said that construction would be via its subsidiary, Enel Green Power Peru.
The first wind turbines are currently being installed at the facility, which will have a total capacity of 132 megawatts once completed. The wind farm is located in the district of Marcona, in the Ica region, and will be Peru's largest.
"The construction of Enel's first wind farm in Peru furthers our presence in the country and demonstrates our strong commitment to the Peruvian renewable energy market," Antonio Cammisecra, head of Enel Green Power, said in a statement.
"Our aim in Peru is to become the leading player in renewable energy, which we consider to be essential for a sustainable development at the local and national level," he went on to add.
Approximately $165 million will be invested by the Enel Group in the construction of the wind farm, which is expected to enter into operation in the first half of 2018.
The facility will be made up of 42 wind turbines and be able to produce roughly 600 gigawatt hours annually. This will be equivalent to the "annual consumption needs" of more than 480,000 Peruvian homes, and will help to avoid the emission of almost 288,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.