Ecuador’s government next year will begin studies on the possibility of building two wind farms. The first wind turbines in Loja will direct drive Goldwind.

The director of the National Institute of Preinvestment (INP), Santiago Medina, told the Andes public agency that the first of these is Huascachaca Mines, which will generate 30 megawatts, in the provinces of Azuay and Loja, in the southern Andes of country.

A study eight years ago led to the conclusion that there would develop a park at a cost of $34 million. The second is the project García Moreno, will generate 15 megawatts in the province of Carchi, which borders Colombia, at a cost of $1.2 million.

In Ecuador several turbines operate on the island of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos and last week, the government awarded to China’s Global Goldwind the Villonaco wind farm in the province of Loja, bordering Peru.

This park will generate 15 megawatts and will be built at a cost of $34 million. The government of President Rafael Correa is determined to change the country’s energy sources, predominantly from power plants, to make way for hydroelectric, geothermal and even wind farms.

The following is the project García Moreno (15 MW) in the northern province of Carchi border with Colombia. The cost of this wind farm would be 12 million dollars and the study area is between 2 500 and 2 800 meters above sea level. Analysis of these projects will begin in 2012 and end 2013, and then start to construction.

Ecuador has already several wind turbines on the island Santa Cruz (Galapagos) and Villonaco wind farm (15 MW) will be built by the Chinese firm Global Goldwind 34 million dollars. With the construction of wind farms and hydropower, Ecuador can change its energy. The idea is that by 2020 the country use the 93.53% of power generated by hydro, thermal 4.86%, 0.57% wind, geothermal 0.72% and 0.32% biomass.

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