Italian renewable energy firm Enel Green Power has connected the 99MW Taltal wind farm in Chile to the grid, following its construction.

Situated in the Taltal district of the region of Antofagasta, the wind farm is the largest in the South American country.

The facility has an annual power generation capacity of 300GWh and houses 33 wind turbines, each with an installed capacity of 3MW.

Producing enough renewable energy for 170,000 Chilean households, the farm can also cut 200,000t of CO2 emission.

"The facility has an annual power generation capacity of 300GWh and houses 33 wind turbines, each with an installed capacity of 3MW."

Power generated at the facility will be supplied to Chile’s Central Region Transmission Network (SIC) under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

The project construction involved an investment of $190m.

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Ministry of National Assets and the Ministry of Energy in Chile had granted public-land-use concession to the developer for the project, through a public tender.

In order to reduce foreign energy dependency, the country intends to diversify its power generation capabilities by promoting renewable energy projects.

Enel Green Power operates the Talinay Oriente and Valle de los Vientos wind farms in Chile, which each have an installed capacity of 90MW.

The power firm is presently developing a 61MW Talinay Poniente wind farm and three solar power plants (36MW Diego de Almagro plant, 60MW Lalackama plant and 40MW Chañares facility) in the country.

It is also exploring options for geothermal power generation with a potential installed capacity of more than 100MW.