Wind Power

 

The wind regime in Colombia is among the best in South America. The coastal regions of northern Colombia have been classified with Class 7 winds reaching 10 meters per second (m / s).


Colombia has an estimated potential of 21,000 MW of wind power in the Guajira region - enough to supply the domestic demand for energy twice (Perez and Osorio). The country has an installed capacity of 19.5 MW of wind energy (Jepirachi project) and several projects under consideration, including a 200 MW Ipapure. 
A preliminary cost analysis completed in 2003 showed that a wind project in Colombia's northern coast more than 100 MW would be economically feasible with current electricity prices.

In addition, a preliminary analysis of promising wind resource availability has been finished using high-resolution computer models and satellite data collected to identify the most important fields (personal communication, anonymous 2006).

Comparatively, experts from the European Wind Energy expect the energy costs decline by 40 percent for wind generated from the coast towards the sea and 20 percent for wind generated from the sea to the coast between the 2003 and 2020.

Power wind potential in regions of the Atlantic coast of Colombia, 10 m

Place

Wind power in kilowatts per hour per square meter per year (kWh/m2/yr)

Cabo de la Vela

3,043

San Andrés

2,182

Providencia

1,727

Rioacha

   829

Soledad

   633

Cartagena

   587

Valledupar

   502

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