Brazil's Ceara reaches milestone

Brazil's northeastern state of Ceará topped 1GW installed wind generation capacity after three projects started commercial operation this month.

According to Cerne renewable energy think tank, installed capacity is now 1.009GW among 44 wind farms.

Entering commercial operation this week were 18.9MW Colonia, 23.1MW Taiba Aguia and  14.7MW Taiba Andorinha wind farms. All are controlled by renewable power company Queiroz Galvao Energias Renovaveis.

Ceara is now the second largest wind province after Rio Grande do Norte, which has 1.3GW installed capacity with 49 wind farms in operation, according to Cerne.

Ceará and Rio Grande do Norte are the oldest wind power districts in Brazil and received a bigger share of investment when the sector started taking off in 2009. Wind farms coming online sold power at the reserve auction in 2011.

Rio Grande do Sul state in southern Brazil with 598MW installed capacity comes third, while Bahia, in the northeast. follows with 233MW.

Brazil has about 3.2GW of installed wind capacity in commercial operation.