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Spanish firms build wind farms totalling 80MW in Brazil

Inberdrola and Neoenergia partner to develop three Brazilian wind farms with Gamesa turbines

Spain's IBERDROLA, in partnership with Neoenergia, has a total of 288MW under development in Brazil, representing its largest onshore wind power project

Spanish and Brazilian renewable energy developers have partnered to develop wind farms totalling 80MW in Brazil. Spanish wind power leader IBERDROLA and Brazilian holding company Neoenergia, have joined up to build three wind farms in the BRIC country. The wind plants are equipped with turbines from Spanish firm Gamesa.

The wind farms are the Mel II, Caetité II and Caetité III. The three facilities are equipped with Gamesa technology, a "benchmark company" that IBERDROLA uses for its renewable energy projects around the world. Gamesa built the equipment in the municipality of Camaçarí, in the state of Bahía.

The Mel II wind farm, in the state of Rio Grande Do Norte, has a 20MW capacity and is now fully operational. The facility employs 10 Gamesa G90 wind turbines, each measuring 78m in height and with a nominal capacity of 2MW. The Caetité II and Caetité III facilities in the state of Bahía each have a capacity of 30MW and have just been successfully installed. Each wind farm has 30 Gamesa G90 wind turbines.

IBERDROLA, in consortium with Neoenergia, has 10 wind farms under development in Brazil which will ultimately have a combined capacity of 288MW. This represents the company's largest onshore wind power project.

This encompasses the Calango wind power complex, consisting of five wind farms with a combined capacity of 150MW, the Caetité (90 MW) complex, consisting of three 30MW wind farms, as well as the Mel II (20 MW) and Arizona I (28 MW) wind farms.

IBERDROLA said: "The capacity of these 10 wind power infrastructures will enable the company to generate enough energy to supply some 450,000 Brazilian households, while avoiding the emission of 510,000 tonnes of CO2 each year. The construction of the wind farms is creating around 200 jobs."

All 10 wind power projects in Brazil are being financed through the National Bank of Economic and Social Development (BNDES) and the Bank of Brazil, made possible by the signing of these loans totalling EUR 300m.