The government of Peru has given the green signal for the construction of three new wind farms and four solar power plants, for a total capacity of 220 MW, Concessions had been offered in a bidding tender that was held at the beginning of the year. The plants will be put into service by 2012. The announcement was made by the director general of the Energy and Mines Ministry Ismael Aragona.
Regarding the wind power plants, with a total capacity of 140 MW, two of them shall be installed in the northern area of Talara-Guadalupe, while the third wind farm will be put up in the southern region of Marcona. The remaining 80 MW will come from four solar photovoltaic plants, all of which will be developed in the southern areas of Ilo, Arequipa e Tacna. The electricity produced by these facilities will be purchased by distributors at feed-in tariffs, with the purpose of helping develop the renewable energy market.