Wind Power News: Colombia
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It started about four years ago, when SUVs and pickup trucks drove uninvited onto their lands, remembers Olimpia Palmar, a member of the Indigenous Wayúu peoples, who have historically occupied the La Guajira desert in northern Colombia and Venezuela. “We started seeing these arijunas [Wayuúunaiki for non-native peoples] wearing construction helmets and boots and vests, getting out of the cars, checking the desert, and then leaving,” she recalls. Word soon began circulating across the Guajira Peninsula, from the rancherías – the . . . Complete story »
Off the cliffed coast of La Guajira, Colombia’s northernmost province, two neat lines of 20-story-tall wind turbines tower over a cluster of clay huts and goat herds. Since 2004, the wind energy pilot project known as Jepírachi, created to study the prospect of wind power in the region, has stood as the only wind farm in Colombia. But with wind proven to be a viable renewable energy option, companies are flocking to the region in a bid to transform La . . . Complete story »
Colombia’s potential for hydroelectric capacity could delay the development of wind energy in the country for several years, despite new legislation supporting wind and solar, the head of the country’s largest energy group told Windpower Monthly. “The trouble is that Colombia has a gigantic wealth of hydraulic resources, we can still grow a long way in hydroelectric generation, that is our strength,” said Juan Esteban Calle, CEO of utility Empresas Publicas de Medellin (EPM). “As a result, alternative energies such . . . Complete story »