Acciona adds 49.5MW in Costa Rica

Spanish renewables group Acciona has commissioned its first wind farm in Costa Rica, the 49.5MW Chiripa plant.

Acciona owns a 65% stake in the project, which required a total investment of $125m. The remainder is held by local group Ecoenergía.

Chiripa consists of 33 of Acciona WindPower’s AW 77/1500 1.5MW wind turbines mounted on 80-metre steel towers.

The plant is in the northwest of Costa Rica in the Guanacaste province, an area Acciona said boasts good wind conditions.

Its development follows a tender run by state utility ICE, which will buy power from the wind farm for 20 years.

The Central American nation had 249MW of wind in place at the end of 2013, according to Acciona.