Brazil’s federal environmental authority Ibama started first public consultations over the licensing of offshore wind farms off the country’s 8,000km coastline, as Spanish renewables giant Iberdrola added to a growing number of projects seeking permits.

Força Eólica, the local wind power unit of Iberdrola, is the latest company to file for licensing for offshore wind in Brazil, adding to the 750MW Asa Branca and 600MW Caucaia projects and Petrobras’ 5MW pilot.