(ADPnews) - Oct 7, 2010 - Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy has allowed local wind energy firms Central Geradora Eolica Icarai and Central Geradora Eolica Taiba Andorinha to start operating as independent energy producers.
The companies will install and operate wind farms, with a combined capacity of 42 MW, in the northeastern Ceara state. The projects will come on stream on July 1, 2012.
Central Geradora Eolica Icarai will build its wind farm in the Amontoada municipality. The project will comprise 13 wind turbines, with a combined installed capacity of 27.3 MW. In order to make the wind farm viable, the company will also install its transmission system, to comprise an elevating substation and a 230 kV transmission line, 98 km (60.9 miles) long.
Central Geradora Eolica Taiba Andorinha, in turn, will build and eoperate a wind farm in Sao Goncalo do Amarante. The project will have seven wind turbines, totalling a capacity of 14.7 MW. The transmission system of the facility will consist of an elevating substation and a 230 kV transmission line, of 6.9 km.
Independent electricity producers are able to sell their surplus energy and distribute energy to large consumers, paying concessionaires for the use of transmission lines. The main difference between the independent producers and concessionaires in Brazil is that the first operate at their own risk, mainly based on free competition, and the second are subject to specific public service rules, including sharing obligations and advantages of the interconnected energy system.
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