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Indian turbines to develop over 136MW of wind farms in Northeast Brazil

Brazil’s Sudene approves $234m for five wind power projects using Suzlon turbines in Ceara state

The Brazilian projects will use wind turbines developed by Indian firm Suzlon Energy

Indian turbines will be used to build wind farms totalling over 136MW, according to reports. The Brazilian regional development agency, Superintendencia do Desenvolvimento do Nordeste, has approved BRL 299.3m for a complex of five wind projects in the BRIC country's northeastern state of Ceara, Bloomberg reports.

The wind power projects, known as Faisa, total 136.5MW of capacity and will use turbines supplied by Indian firm Suzlon Energy. Suzlon's presence in Brazil has grown significantly over the past year, with developments including the firm agreeing to build a wind component factory in the BRIC country in July 2012.

The company said it "decided to have local manufacturing facilities based on the (country's) requirements."

Sudene, as the regional development agency is known, has also approved BRL 125.4m for three wind projects under development by Spain's Corp. Gestamp SL and BRL 54m for Eolica Pedra do Reino SA, Bloomberg said. In total, Sudene has agreed to provide BRL 478.7m (USD 234m) to develop all eight wind farms.

The investment will be furnished by Fundo de Desenvolvimento do Nordeste, a fund managed by Sudene, according to a company statement, Bloomberg reports.

The news from Sudene follows funding being approved to develop other sectors of renewable power in Brazil, specifically bioenergy. Earlier this month, funding from Brazilian development bank BNDES was approved to build the BRIC country's first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant.