GE recently announced that it has received commitments to supply wind turbines for wind farms to be developed in Brazil that will add more than 400 megawatts of power to the country’s clean energy capacity. These projects will mark the debut of GE’s wind turbine technology in Brazil.
In December of 2009, the Brazilian government held its first technology specific energy auction, focusing on wind power. In the past, the government has tendered 20-year power purchase agreements through energy auctions and until recently, these auctions allowed developers and utilities to use any power generation technology, including hydro, coal, natural gas, heavy fuel or renewables.
A total of just over 1.8 gigawatts of wind generation is planned for award to various developers and utilities. Dobreve Energia, S.A. (DESA)was successful in the auction with 144 megawatts to be built in the state of Rio Grande do Norte and Renova Energia, S.A. was successful with 270 megawatts to be built in the state of Bahia. Both DESA and Renova have selected GE’s 1.5megawatt class wind turbines for use at the projects. All of the projects are expected to be in commercial operation by July of 2012.
The Brazilian Wind Energy Association has set a goal of achieving 10 gigawatts of wind energy capacity by 2020. The country currently has 605 megawatts of wind capacity, with another 450 megawatts under construction.