March 10 (Renewables Now) – French independent power producer (IPP) Total Eren today announced the commissioning of its 97.2-MW Vientos Los Hercules wind farm in southern Argentina’s Santa Cruz province.
Being Total Eren’s third renewable power plant that comes into operation in Argentina, the wind farm is also the company’s largest wind park in Latin America. The Paris-based firm owns the plant together with Japan’s Mistui & Co, which bought a 34% interest through its local arm in 2018.
The Vientos Los Hercules will operate under a USD-denominated 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Argentine wholesale electricity market administrator CAMMESA. Its annual output is estimated to be around 400 GWh.
Total Eren won the project in a government tender held in October 2016 in the first round of the country’s RenovAR programme. The scheme was co-funded by the Dutch development bank (FMO), Germany’s KfW IPEX and development finance institution (DEG).
Including Vientos Los Hercules, Total Eren now has roughly 180 MW of wind and solar parks in operation in Argentina. At end-2020, it brought online the 50.4-MW Malaspina wind farm in Chubut province.