This article represents the first detailed analysis of the Falklands Islands/Islas Malvinas renewable energy program, which maximizes the more than abundant wind that consistently blows from the west across the more than 700 islands comprising the archipelago. One megawatt of wind energy is already up and running, individual farms also make use of it, and the local military base has recently signed a fifteen year agreement to have another wind farm built to supply them of cleaner energy. The island also has experimented with small hydro and solar, and has unique solutions to store energy.
About the Author: Carlos St. James founded the Argentine Renewable Energies Chamber; is a board member of the Latin American & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy; founded and is chairman of the Middle East-Americas Energy Council; and publisher of the Latin American Energy Review.
Peru’s economy has been growing at a rapid pace over the last decade and is now investment grade. Energy demand has grown at a comparable pace, particularly in natural gas because of new discoveries and a gas pipeline. However, the pipeline has reached capacity and the author argues that mini hydro projects are well positioned to take up the pace. The Peruvian government has provided a fast track solution for projects below 20 megawatts, and the country’s Andean landscape allows for significant locations and development opportunities.
Invited Contributor: John Harman authored this piece exclusively for The Review. He is chairman of Central Hidroeléctrica Langui S.A., with more than 20 years experience in the small hydroelectric market in Peru.