Brazil brings online 359MW wind complex

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Brazilian energy developer Casa dos Ventos has brought online its 359MW Ventos do Araripe III wind complex in the country's northeast.

In a statement, the company said the project in Chapada do Araripe, on the border of Piauí and Pernambuco states, required investment of 1.8bn reais (US$530mn)

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It comprises 14 wind farms with a combined 156 turbines and will generate enough electricity to supply 300,000 homes, Casa dos Ventos said.

"When operating at full capacity, Ventos do Araripe III will be one of the biggest wind complexes in Latin America," the statement said.

The project also included the construction of a 35km transmission line connecting the complex to the national grid.

Casa dos Ventos said the wind farms would gradually enter commercial operations, reaching full capacity in early 2017.

It added that some of the farms were being brought on line more than a year ahead of schedule.

See Brazil's top early-stage wind projects here