“It is important that Venezuelans know that Venezuela has one of the world’s greatest potential to generate wind and solar energy, that would allow us to reach the production capacity of the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric plant, also called Guri Dam.”
The statement was made by Nelson Muñoz, from the Homo et Natura Society, while participating in the section “Las Vainas son Verdes” (Pods -can be also translated as “things”- are Green), of the “La Patria Nueva” (The New Homeland) program, broadcast by the Informative Channel of Radio Nacional de Venezuela (RNV).
“The coast north band of our country, has the ability to build a park of clean and combined power generation that meets the socialist ethics that dictate the objectives of the Homeland Plan, in relation to the protection of the environment for a sustainable world “.
Areas of Falcon state, specially in the Paraguaná Peninsula and La Guajira in Zulia state, were described by the International Energy Agency and the National Electricity Corporation (CORPOELEC) as areas with a supreme potential of wind power generation, with optimal winds of over 10 meters per second.
This means, explained Muñoz, that there can be generated 2000 megawatts onshore, and up to 8000 megawatts offshore, with a low impact on the environment and low maintenance costs that represent less than 1 percent of the investment.
If we add to this data one of the strongest solar radiation on the planet that receives the area, we find that the most important non-polluting alternative energy production that would help to stabilize the National Electricity System (SEN) in the west of the country, consonant with a clean, renewable and eco-socialist energy planning.
Venezuela is currently running a project called the La Guajira Wind Farm, is a structure of wind electricity in Zulia state, 7 miles north of Caimare Chico, with an extension of 600 hectares. Its commissioning is scheduled in six phases.
The entire 1-A phase entered in operation as of April 22, 2013, said step has 12 wind turbines that provide 2.1 megawatts each, for a total of 25.2 megawatts to the national grid. Phase 1-B provides for the implementation of an equal amount of wind turbines that will produce 50.4 megawatts, for a total of 75.6; besides a substation that stabilizes the connection to the distribution transmission system of electrical power. The goal is to reach 36 wind turbines.
Is also developing the Paraguaná wind farm, located in Falcon state, which registers about a 90 percent of advance, and which projects to incorporate a total of 76 wind turbines to produce up to 100 megawatts.