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SOWITEC in 72MW auction win to power three wind projects in Brazil

German firm awarded 20-year power supply contracts through Brazil’s national energy auction set to generate over 300GWh a year in Bahia

SOWITEC said the projects are part of an 800MW wind farm cluster it is developing in northeastern Brazil

German firm SOWITEC has been awarded 20-year energy supply contracts to power three wind projects in Brazil totalling 72MW. The wind power firm has been awarded the electricity supply contracts through Brazil’s national A-5 New Energy auction, which took place in December last year. Altogether, the wind projects are set to generate more than 300GWh a year.

The wind power projects are being developed in the state, Bahia, in northeastern Brazil. SOWITEC said they part of an 800MW wind farm cluster, which the company is developing in the region.

The SOWITEC group, which has headquarters in Sonnenbühlst, Germany, has been awarded the right to enter into the 20-year energy supply contracts with the Brazilian Chamber of Commercialisation of Electric Energy (CCEE).

The projects are Ventos da Bahia II, Ventos da Bahia IV and Ventos da Bahia VIII. They are located in the municipality of Mulungu do Morro in Bahia. Once complete, the projects will generate more than 300GWh per year, which the company said is a “sustainable contribution” to the rising energy demand in the country.

The three wind projects have an average capacity factor of more than 50 per cent, equivalent to approximately 4.700 hours of energy production per year. The wind turbines are expected to start operation by January 2018.

The firm said, about winning the contracts: “The recent success in the energy auctions consolidates SOWITEC’s position as one of the major players in Renewables in the Latin Americas.”