Brazil's Ceará state reaches 1GW wind landmark

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Ceará has become the second Brazilian state to reach the 1GW of installed wind capacity landmark, according to energy think tank Cerne.

The achievement follows the startup of three wind farms in the municipality of São Gonçalo do Amarante, Cerne said in a statement.

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According to the Natal-based body, Ceará now boasts 44 wind farms totaling 1.01GW.

In May, Rio Grande do Norte which, like Ceará, is located in Brazil's northeast, became the first state to have 1GW of wind capacity.

Cerne data shows Rio Grande do Norte now boasts 1.3GW from 49 wind farms.

Wind is currently Brazil's fastest growing energy source as developers capitalize on plummeting production costs.

According to national power regulator Aneel, 3.05GW of wind power will be added to the country's grid this year, about a third of the total expected from all sources.