Clean, renewable electricity for Honduras!
The last week of September represented another history making occasion for Honduras with the national grid providing the country with wind generated electricity for the first time.
The Cerro de Hula project team have connected 34 of the 51 turbines to the grid through the Cerro de Hula Substation which was energized on 26 September. The remaining 17 turbines will be added onto the system during October and official testing of the entire system will commence during November.
Cerro de Hula is the first wind plant in Honduras and the largest wind plant in the Central American region. The wind plant consists of 51 x 2 MW Gamesa G87 wind turbines and will supply the national utility company, Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica under a 100 MW, 20-year power purchase agreement.
The facility is being constructed by the Gamesa Wind US LLC and Iberdrola Ingeniería y Construcción Mexico consortium. Commercial operation is scheduled for January 2012, with all aspects of the project being completed during the first quarter of 2012. Located 24 km south of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in the municipalities of Santa Ana and San Buenaventura, the greater project area is spread over approximately 6,500 hectares.