Chile to build wind farm in Atacama Desert with US$850 million investment

Chile on Tuesday (21) announced the construction of a wind farm in the Atacama desert that will supply energy to the mining industry, with an investment of US$850 million.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Horizonte Wind Farm will be built by Chilean company Colbún and will have a capacity of 778 MW, the Ministry of Energy said in a press release.

The project contemplates the installation of 140 wind turbines on 8,000 hectares in the Atacama Desert in the region of Antofagasta (some 1,000 km north of Santiago), considered the country's mining capital.

The wind farm is "intended to become the largest in Latin America" and "will generate energy equivalent to the consumption of over 700,000 homes," the note added.

The project, which will . . .

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