Brazil 333MW hooked-up at last

Brazil's power regulator Aneel has given CPFL Renováveis and Desa Energia until March 30 to start commercial operations at three wind power complexes with a total capacity of 333.3MW in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte.

According to Aneel, the wind farms are now connected to the national grid after federal power company Chesf concluded construction work and linked-up the João Camara II substation on February 28.

The plants had been standing idle since 2012 because of a lack of grid connection.

CPFL Renováveis controls the Santa Clara complex, made up of six stages and 90 2MW turbines with a total capacity of 180MW, and the 8MW Eurus VI wind farm.

Desa runs the Morro dos Ventos complex. Commercial operations relate to the 91 turbines of Morro dos Ventos I, III, IV, VI and IX with total capacity of 145.2MW.