Call for tender: public lands for wind energy projects in Chile

On December 21st, 2010, Chile's government announced the start of an international tender for state owned lands in the Atacama region in the north of the country. The two areas which are being made available for the development of wind energy projects have a size of 3.048 and 2.688 hectares respectively, and were identified within a joint project of Chile's Energy Ministry and the German Technical Cooperation GTZ. The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports the project within the International Climate Initiative (ICI).

Wind measurements indicate average wind speeds of around 8 m/s at 80 m height. The winners of the tenders will be granted land-use concessions with a duration of 25 years for the construction and operation of wind energy projects.

Offers will be accepted until July 2011.