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Italian renewables developer starts construction on three wind farms in Brazil

Enel Green Power begins to build €330m wind farms in northeast Brazil set to add around 193MW to the company’s installed capacity in the BRIC country

The wind farms are being built in areas characterised by high wind resources and a load factor of around 45 per cent, which EGP says is among the highest in the world

An Italian wind developer has started construction on three wind farms in Brazil. Enel Green Power (EGP), which has headquarters in Rome, has begun construction on the wind farms, Curva dos Ventos, Fontes dos Ventos and Modelo, in the states of Bahia, Pernambuco and Rio Grande do Norte, in northeast Brazil. The new plants will add around 193MW to the company's installed capacity in the BRIC country.

The Curva dos Ventos wind farm is located in the inner part of Bahia, where EGP is completing construction of Cristal, Primavera and Sao Judas, its first wind farms in Brazil.
The new plant, which will have an installed capacity exceeding 56MW, will bring the total installed capacity in the Brazilian state to over 146MW when added to the approximate 90MW of capacity for the three plants under construction.

Fontes dos Ventos and Modelo will be EGP's first wind farms in the states of Pernambuco and Rio Grande do Norte. They will provide an installed capacity of about 80MW and over 56MW, respectively.

The three wind projects, which will require a total investment of EUR 330m will provide energy to both the regulated and the free market under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) that the company was awarded in the "Brazilian New Energy" public tender in 2011.

EGP said: "The new wind farms are located in areas characterised by high wind resources and a load factor of around 45 per cent, among the highest in the world. Once up and running, the wind farms will be able to generate up to more than 770 million kWh per year, avoiding about 350 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year."

In 2014, EGP's total installed wind power capacity will amount to approximately 283MW. The company is the latest in a line of EU wind developers helping to build wind power in Brazil this year. In April, Spanish wind power giant Gamesa announced it will supply 150MW of turbines to Brazil to develop five wind farms in the BRIC country.