The winner has been announced for a competition to name a wind farm being developed in southern Chile by Mainstream Renewable Power, at a ceremony attended by various neighbourhood associations and indigenous community members. The winning name “Puelche Sur” was submitted by Gloria Rogel who was presented with a mountain bike at the ceremony. Gloria, who is president of the neighbourhood association of Frutillar created the name which combines the Mapuche and Spanish languages and was chosen because of its strong local, cultural connotations.
The competition was open to community members and organisations in the commune of Frutillar where mainstream has been developing a 104 megawatt wind farm since 2014.
Herminio Llaituqueo, president of the Los Canelos Indigenous Community, explained the meaning of the word Puelche: “According to the rural tradition, it is named after the wind that comes from the Andes announcing that rain is coming.”
As well as the awards ceremony, an information meeting was held to keep the local communities informed of the wind farm development and Mainstream organised a southern-style barbecue to mark the occasion.
Speaking at the event: Rodolfo Angel, Community Liaison for Mainstream said: “I’d like to congratulate Gloria for choosing such an innovative and relevant name. I would like to thank everyone who has attended this event today including the Colonia San Martin and Frutillar Neighbourhood Associations, Los Canelos Indigenous Community and councillors Patricia Velasquez and Luis Espinoza.”