GE to add 1.5GW Brazil wind by 2016

General Electric anticipates that it will have an additional 1.5GW of wind energy capacity installed in Brazil by the end of 2015, company executive Jean-Claude Fernand Robert told an exclusive Recharge Thought Leaders lunch here.

Robert, head of renewable energy at GE for Latin America, made his forecast as GE announced that it has now 1GW in Brazil wind installations.

During the first half, GE connected 381 wind turbines to the grid in Brazil, providing 600MW generating capacity. GE claims to have connected 184 of these turbines in one week alone for developer Renova Energia.

GE is set to produce its first wind turbine nacelle from a newly expanded manufacturing facility in Campinas, Sao Paulo later this year. Additionally, it opened the second of two new service centers Rio Grande do Norte State in June, as part of a $1.5m investment in Brazil that will create over one hundred skilled jobs.

The company also announced it has manufactured its 1,000th wind turbine hub in Latin America’s largest renewables country.

This week, the Brazilian wind energy association ABEEolica announced that Brazil has reached 5GW of installed wind capacity, a number that is expected to triple by 2018.