Honda's 27MW wind farm in Brazil now up and running

A unit of Japanese automaker Honda has started operating a 27MW wind farm in Brazil.

The project in Xangri-la, in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, features nine 3MW turbines from Vestas, which will run and maintain the site.

It is expected to generate about 95GWh of electricity per year, or roughly enough to cater to the annual needs of its automotive plant in Sumare, Sao Paulo.

Group subsidiary Honda Energy do Brasil invested roughly $39.9m in the wind farm, which is situated approximately 1,000km south of its Sumare factory.

Honda first announced plans to build the project in April 2013.

It hopes to lower its CO2 emissions by more than 2,200 tonnes per year. It wants to reduce emissions from its global production activities by 30% from its 2000 levels by the end of 2020.