Brazil’s northeastern Ceará state is betting on offshore wind and solar-wind hybrids to make a comeback as a leading renewable energy district, a decade after pioneering turbine deployment in the South American nation.

“Up to 2009 we accounted for over 50% of new wind capacity added, now we account for 13.6%. We don’t want to be bigger than other states, we want to reach the same level,” Joaquim Rolim, head of energy at Ceará’s federation of industries FIEC, told Recharge ahead of the launch of a new wind and solar atlas that includes a potential 117GW of offshore turbine capacity.