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US firm in 386MW wind power deal for Brazil

Renova Energia and GE sign $394m contract for 230 wind turbines in BRIC country

The wind turbines will have an installed capacity of 386MW of energy sold in the 2010 and 2011 Brazil auctions

US and Brazilian energy firms have signed a contract for 386MW of wind power for the BRIC country. US company GE and Renova Energia, a wind developer in Brazil, have signed a deal worth USD 394m for 230 GE 1.68-82.5 wind turbines. All 230 turbines have a 10-year operating contract, which will be managed from GE’s services center.

The purchase is part of Renova’s expansion plans that began in November 2011 with the construction of the Alto Sertão II Wind Farm, comprising 15 parks with a total installed capacity of 386MW, enough to supply power for a city of 1 million people.

The contract is to supply energy sold by Renova in the Reserve Energy Auctions (LER) in 2010 and 2011. The Alto Sertão II Wind Farm is in the cities of Caetité, Guanambim and Igaporã, in the southeast of Bahia state, in Brazil.

Luiz Freitas, legal and purchasing director, Renova Energia, said: “Scale and efficiency are increasingly important factors in the wind power segment and they have created a new scenario, which is more complex and which requires internationally recognised partners such as GE. This contract is the result of the value generated by a joint Renova and GE team in the pursuit of the state of the art in wind power technology in Bahia.”

The partnership between the two companies began in Brazil’s first exclusively wind energy auction in December 2009.

“Renova built the largest wind farm in Brazil, and we are proud to take part in this project and to help boost wind power generation in Bahia,” said Jean-Claude Robert, leader of GE’s Renewable Energy business in Latin America. The farm, opened in July 2012, has 184 GE wind turbines producing a total of 294MW.

The news from GE follows other developments in wind power in Brazil this year. This includes Danish wind firm LM Wind Power, which in October announced it is building a blade manufacturing facility in the BRIC country.