Chinese-controlled Pacific Hydro has started operating the 82MW Punta Sierra wind farm in Northeastern Chile, which was built with 32 turbines supplied by Goldwind and signals a new wave of expansion by Chinese companies in Latin America’s wind power sector.

It is Pacific Hydro’s first wind power plant the country, where it has invested in several hydroelectric projects in the past 16 years. Pacific Hydro’s country manager Renzo Valentino, said that Punta Sierra marks the end of period in which the company lacked new projects.