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Atacama Desert lets Chile leverage solar benefits

The 607 MW Horizonte Wind Farm planned for Chile’s Atacama Desert will be South America’s largest, requiring a $971 million investment. Construction works will begin in 2022 and finish in 2024. Enercon will supply 132 turbines with 4.6 MW each, for the project, and the developer is Colbun, Chile’s third largest energy utility. Enercon will modify the steel towers to meet Chilean Seismic Code regulations for the area, which sits atop a tectonic plate boundary. During site analysis, the desert wind was found to have low ambient turbulence and a wind speed that barely increases or can even fall at higher heights. In view of these factors Enercon determined an ideal hub height of 90 to 110 metres and has…

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