Vesta invests in Argentina

The Danish company, that operates in 77 countries, will be installed in the province of Buenos Aires and will add 300 direct and indirect jobs.

The announcement took place after the Government signed an agreement with companies and trade unions in October of last year.

The Danish company Vestas will invest 15 million euros in order to install a wind turbine factory in the province of Buenos Aries and will add 300 direct and indirect jobs.

ALong that line, the Sale’s Director of Vestas South America, Andres Gismondi, confirmed:

Our leadership position with more than 900 MW of either installed capacity or capacity under construction underlines the need to take a big step forward to better support the government’s ambitions for renewable energy,” says Sales Director for Latin American South Cone, Andrés Gismondi. “By building this assembly facility, we will serve our customers’ needs in the country even better and generate hundreds of local jobs.

Vestas pioneered Argentina’s wind energy market with the installation of the country’s first commercial wind turbine in Neuquén back in 1991. Since then, Vestas has closely monitored the evolution of the market, which now stands out as a key market in Latin America. The government launched the RenovAr programme in 2015, which aims to reach a 20% renewable energy target by 2020.

Information about the program RenovAr click here


200 Hectares of Solar Energy

In mid-2018 the construction will begin for the first large solar park in Mendoza. It will be located in Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo in a 200-hectare area, and will feature nearly 180 thousand panels. It is estimated to produce the same amount of energy as the dam in Potrerillos and at different stages, it will employ more than 400 people, and constitute a US$100 million investment.

“The project to Mendoza, 100 MWp (measured solar energy) is very large and puts us on the world map of solar power generation. There was nothing of this size in the province, but I think in time it will be a small grain of sand in the amount of energy we generate,” said Ramiro Marquesini, COO Verano Capital, a company awarded with the project.

There will be 177,000 panels with energy production similar to that of Potrerillos, with the difference that the panels produce only 8 hours of sunlight, while the dam can work 24 hours. Mendoza advantage is that the sun rises on average 300 days a year, even on cloudy days can take advantage of the radiation.

Before mid-2019 it should be operational. Labor participation will be more than 400 people during the intensive period of placement and once in place will require ongoing maintenance, cleaning, security, and communications personnel, among others.