Danish wind turbine manufacturer Nordex has established an office in Rio de Janeiro with an eye to supplying Brazil's expected demand boom.
Nordex will initially seek to supply imported turbines, but if it could secure 50MW confirmed orders a year would consider setting up a local production plant, regional sales manager Ulrich von Eitzen told BNamericas. "But that depends on regulatory certainty, and right now there's nothing certain," he said.
The wind sector in Brazil is currently waiting for the government to detail how its Proinfa renewable energy program, whose creation was assured with the recent congressional approval of the MP14 bill, will be implemented.
"The potential is so amazingly big here, and the wind and hydro regimes complement each other very well," von Eitzen said, adding that this could lead to the creation of a strong local manufacturing sector for the industry.