Cerro de Hula Wind Farm
This project reduces Honduras’ reliance on foreign oil imports by generating a supply of renewable wind energy. The project advances sustainable development in Honduras by electrifying rural communities and creating local employment opportunities.
Where & Why
Over the past two decades, electricity consumption in Honduras has nearly quadrupled. Though Honduras possesses an abundance of renewable energy sources, about half (51%) of the country’s energy supply still comes from oil. When oil is burned to heat or light homes, it releases carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Furthermore, because Honduras imports all of its oil from abroad, this dependence results in dollars leaving the local economy.
Though electricity access has greatly improved in Honduras in recent years, many families still live without it. Approximately 42% of Honduras’ population lives in rural areas, making electric connectivity challenging. As of 2018, about two in 10 rural Hondurans (nearly 800,000 people) still lack access to electricity.
How & Who
The Cerro de Hula project will build a 51-turbine wind farm in a rural region of Honduras. Every year, these powerful turbines will provide 345,790 MWh of renewable energy to the Honduran electric grid. The energy produced by the wind farm will replace existing fossil fuel sources and is expected to reduce more than 220,000 metric tons of carbon each year. As the first grid-connected wind energy project in Honduras, Cerro de Hula serves as a scalable model for clean energy generation.
Along with advancing the clean energy transition, this project contributes to sustainable development in Honduras by electrifying rural communities. About half of Honduras’ population lives in poverty, and the percentage is even higher (60%) in rural areas. Energy access plays an important role in poverty alleviation by enabling children to study at night, powering modern hospital equipment, and more. The project also promotes economic growth by reducing the country’s reliance on foreign imports and employing local people to construct and operate the wind farm.
- Mitigates climate change by providing clean energy
- Improves electricity access in rural areas
- Creates local jobs
- Contributes to social and economic development
Annual CO2 Reduction
226,978 metric tons CO2e
CMI (Corporación Multi Inversiones)
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