The Ucuquer Wind Farm is a project of Energías Ucuquer S.A. (Ucuquer Energy), a company constituted entirely by Chilean investment and committed to sustainability objectives in the execution of unconventional renewable energy projects in Chile. Since 2009 one of those projects has been the Ucuquer Wind Farm, located near the Rapel River and its hydroelectric plant.
The Ucuquer Wind Farm (Phases I and II) aims to contribute to growing energy demands and diminish fossil fuel emissions while generating employment for Chile’s VI Region. Located in a rural property called Fundo Ucuquer e Hijuela Mantancilla in Matancilla town in Litueche district, an area of 1,405 hectares, Ucuquer Wind Farm generators only utilize 4.3% of the site’s surface area, hence making most of the non-utilized area 100% compatible with other activities such as forestry, agriculture and animal husbandry – main economic activities in the region.
Ucuquer Wind Farm consists of nine wind generators with a capacity of 1.8 MW each and a total annual electrical energy generation of 50 GWh, which is fed into Chile’s main alternating current power grid, the Sistema Interconectado Central. The wind farm is intended to contribute to the development and diversification of Chile’s energy matrix.
Ucuquer Wind Farm is one of Chile’s pioneering nonconventional renewable energy projects and was commissioned and developed in record time, leveraging economies of scale and efficiencies in logistics. Its actions are deeply connected to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project has expanded its lifespan from 20 to 30 years, maximizing the efficiency of the intervention.