August 9 (Renewables Now) - Brazil expects to award about 1 GW of wind capacity in the upcoming August 31 auction, according to Eduardo Azevedo, State Secretary of Energy Planning, cited by Reuters.
Azevedo announced the forecast during Brazil Wind Power in Rio de Janeiro, but he did not reveal how much capacity from other sources is expected to be contracted in the A-6 auction.
In the A-4 auction held in April there was one winning wind project 114.4 MW, out of 1,024.5 MW of total awards. The figure includes 806.6 MW of solar projects also.
For the next auction the sector hoped for 1.5 GW of wind, but "unfortunately that is not possible" said the secretary, quoted by Reuters, due to the fall in demand caused by the economic crisis.
Currently, Brazil has an installed wind capacity of 13.4 GW. The local industry forecasts a rise to 17.6 GW by 2022, Reuters noted.