The conference achieved its main purpose of informing the community about the end of the construction phase and the beginning of the wind farm’s operational phase.
Peralta I-II, the largest wind farm of Uruguay
The Wind Farm
With an extension of approximately 2.800 Hectares, the Peralta GCEE Wind Project consists of two wind farms, Peralta I – II. Fifty ENERCON E-92 wind turbines are installed, with a total output of 100MW.
The Peralta GCEE Wind Farm is located in Tacuarembó, the largest Department of Uruguay, well-known for its unmistakably beautiful natural landscape of low hills and cattle land. The land sections in which the wind farm is established are on Route 5, at Km278, in Cuchilla Peralta, about 100Km from Tacuarembo, and nearly 30Km from Paso de los Toros.
Several agricultural and cattle breeding land sites comprise the total area of this project, which continue to be used as such, since they are not affected by the project. The location is separated into two sectors by the road to "Estación El Lago", on the Southeast off Route 5.
The development of this wind project is set in the 2005-2020 Energy Policy framework, as approved by the Government in 2008 and revised in 2009. It establishes the objectives and goals to extend the generation of power from renewable sources and diversify the energy matrix.
As a result of Agua Leguas S.A. winning the K41938 Bid called by UTE, within the framework of the 159/2011 Decree, the Peralta GCEE Wind Farm is the largest private wind project in Uruguay.
The general management during the construction and launching of the wind farm has been handled by ENERCON Uruguay, with technical support from the German main branch ENERCON GmbH and its subsidiary Wobben Windpower from Brazil. The project has created up to 650 new jobs during its construction phase.
Concrete tower production
One of the main E-92 wind turbine elements installed on the wind farm is its concrete tower. Part of the site had facilities for the construction of these towers which have be maintained till the end of the project.
This site covers a total of 9.936 m2 and is located at the access of the road to Estación El Lago, on the right hand side of Route 5 towards Tacuarembó. The area stored all the necessary materials for building the concrete tower sections for the wind turbines.
With an output of over two towers per week, it worked at full capacity from its outset, employing 145 people among workers, technicians and administrative personnel. The plant employed local workers.
The main components of the production were imported from Germany and Brazil. However, the necessary materials to construct the towers was purchased from local suppliers which, no doubt, stimulated the economy of the region.