Acciona Windpower said it has received the all-clear from Brazilian development bank BNDES over its local-content and manufacturing arrangements.
The BNDES approval gives the Spanish
wind turbine manufacturer’s Brazilian customers access to preferential finance
under tighter regulations for foreign producers unveiled last year.
Acciona has serious ambitions in
Brazil, where it inaugurated a wind turbine hub plant at Simões
Filho, Bahia, in March.
The company has also unveiled plans
for a nacelle plant, also in Bahia, with the capacity to produce 100 of the
company’s AW3000 3MW turbines per year.
Acciona is already supplying 3MW turbines for a 120MW
project developed by CPFL in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, and has contracts
to supply 210MW for two wind power projects being developed by Voltalia in Rio
Grande do Norte.
manufacturers to meet the BNDES rules are Gamesa, also of Spain, France’s
Alstom and Argentinian producer Impsa.