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Carbon credits boost for Argentina

WPD, Fichtner scheme allows projects to access UN support mechanism

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A lucrative support mechanism has been made available to wind farms in Argentina thanks to an initiative spearheaded by two German-owned companies.

Wind developer WPD and consultancy Fichtner Carbon Management GmbH have set up a programme to allow all wind schemes across the South American country to receive UN carbon credits.

The Argentinian Wind Power Programme (AWPP) was conceived by local subsidiary WPD Argentina to qualify wind farms for EU trading of “certified emission reductions”, or CERs.

Argentine sites developed by WPD and its competitors can now be accredited under the United Nations Framework Climate Change Convention.

The programme is being managed by Fichtner and seeks to support at least 500MW by 2020. This initial target may be exceeded “once the programme is well established and more wind power developers are joining in”, according to official AWPP documents.

The first scheme in the mix is WPD’s 18MW Puerto San Julián wind farm in the Patagonia province of Santa Cruz, which envisages installing 20 Enercon E44 900kW turbines at an industrial site run by global fashion brand Benetton Group.

An initial pilot unit will be installed to power the isolated power network of San Julian before grid upgrades allow a further four machines to connect early next year and the full complement to power up in 2015.

Image: the Puerto San Julián facility will feature Enercon hardware (Enercon)

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