465MW of Brazil wind poised to flow

Brazil's power regulator Aneel has authorised commercial operations to start at 19 grid-connected wind farms with a combined capacity of 465MW in the states of Ceará and Rio Grande do Norte.

In Rio Grande do Norte, independent renewable energy company Desa was given the green light for the Morro dos Ventos I, III, IV, VI and XI farms, with a combined installed capacity of 145.2MW.

In the same region, CPFL Renováveis was authorised to partially start operations of 118MW of the Santa Clara complex. The complex has a total capacity of 188MW, but some turbines have not yet received the go-ahead from Aneel.

These wind farms should start delivering power to the national grid immediately since they are connected to the João Câmara II substation, which was completed by federal power company Chesf in late February.

In Ceará, a group formed by Infraesturtura BB Votorantim fund and Brazilian engineering company Enerplan, was given the go-ahead to start operations of the 29.4MW Faísa I and Faísa III and IV farms, each with 25.2MW of installed capacity.

Tractebel Brasil, a unit of GDF Suez, was authorised to start commercial operations of the 30MW Mundaú wind farm, also in Ceará.

Additionally, MS Participação  is authorised to spin the 27.3MW Embuaca wind farm.

Those plants are all connected to the Pecém II substation.

Also in Ceará, the Queiroz Galvão group was given the go ahead for the 27.3MW Icaraí and the 37.8MW Icaraí II wind farms. Their connection to the grid is via the Sobral II substation.

All of the wind farms except for GDF Suez's sold power in Brazil’s 2009 reserve auction, while GDF's Mundaú is an old Proinfa contract.