The Cerro Grande Wind Project is located in Sierra de los Ríos in the Department of Cerro Largo, nearly 40km from its capital, Melo.
With an extension of approximately 254 Hectares, Cerro Grande Wind Farm consists in two corridors of fourteen and eight ENERCON E-92 wind turbines. Each of them has a rated power of 2.350 kW and a hub height of 98 meters. The wind farm has a total output of 51,7MW.
The Cerro Grande Wind Farm is the result of the award of the K43037 UTE Bid to the Project proposal submitted by Ladaner S.A. within the framework of the 159/2011 Decree.
The development of this wind project is set in the 2005-2020 Energy Policy Framework, as approved by the Government in 2008 and revised in 2009. It establishes the objectives and goals to extend the generation of power from renewable sources and diversify the energy matrix.
The general management during the construction and launching of the wind farm has been handled by ENERCON Uruguay, with technical support from the German main branch ENERCON GmbH and its subsidiary Wobben Windpower from Brazil.
Concrete Tower Production
One of the main E-92 wind turbine elements installed on the wind farm is its concrete tower. The tower concrete segments will be produced in the facility located in the 278 km of Route 5, at the access of the road to Estación El Lago, on the right hand side of the route towards Tacuarembó.
With an output of over two towers per week, it will employ 145 people among workers, technicians and administrative personnel. The plant will employ local workers.
The main components of the production were imported from Germany and Brazil. However, the necessary materials to construct the towers will be purchased from local suppliers to contribute to the economic development of the region.