Brazil's federal power company Eletrosul obtained the remaining four licenses for the 144MW Chuí complex in the southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul, allowing the company to forecast the start of operations in May 2015, said a spokesperson.
Fepam, as the state environmental agency is
called, gave the go-ahead this month for the 24MW Chuí I, the 22MW Chuí II, the
22MW Chuí IV and the 30MW Chuí V wind farms that make up the complex.
The other two wind farms of the complex, 22MW
Minuano I (now Chuí VI) and 24MW Minuano II (now Chuí VII) had already obtained
the final license from federal environmental agency Ibama in recent months. They should start commercial operations by the end of March 2015.
According to the company, access roads to these two parks have already been
Ibama had to license the first two, because
they are located very close to the Uruguayan border and come under federal
Total investments are estimated at R$600m
($267m). Spanish turbine maker, Gamesa will supply all 72, 2MW turbines for
the whole complex, Eletrosul said.
The wind farms sold power in the A-3
auction in 2011 and should have been completed in March 2014, but delays in
environmental licensing forced the company to postpone the start of the
projects to the first half of 2015.