Brazil approves bids for 71 wind farms

Dec 15, 2009 01:00 AM

Brazil has approved the bids for the construction and operation of 71 wind farms with a combined capacity of 1,805 MW in the first auction of rights to this alternative energy source in the country.
The 71 facilities, which will use 773 wind turbines, could start operating on July 1, 2012, under 20-year franchise agreements.

During the first 20 years of operation, the wind farms will produce a total of 132,015 GWh of electricity, or 1.4 % more than the Itaipu hydroelectric plant generates in one year, the Electric Energy Marketing Association, which oversaw the auction, estimates.
The wind farms' construction, according to Energy and Mines Ministry figures, will cost about reais 9.4 bn (some $ 5.38 bn).

The vast majority of the facilities will be located in north-eastern Brazil, a poor region that has conditions suitable for generating electricity using wind turbines.
Rio Grande do Norte state will be home to 23 of the approved wind farms, while 21 of the alternative energy facilities will be in Ceara, 18 in Bahia and 1 in Sergipe. Rio Grande do Sul, a state in extreme southern Brazil, will be home to the 8 other wind farms.

Brazil currently has 36 wind farms with a generating capacity of 602 MW in operation, while 10 projects with a capacity of 256.4 MW are under construction and 45 other wind farms with a potential capacity of 2,139 MW have been approved.

Source / EFE
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