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Brazil reached 10 GW of installed wind power capacity this month, the National Wind Energy Association (Abeeolica) announced on Tuesday.
In 2015 alone, wind power supplied monthly the equivalent to the entire population of Brazil's south region, or about 11 million households. Wind power was also the renewable source with the biggest growth in the Brazilian energy mix, accounting for 39.3% of the country's energy growth in 2015.
Since 1998 around BRL 60 billion (USD 18.54bn/EUR 16.65bn) have been invested in the sector, Abeeolica noted.
Taking into account the already contracted projects, Brazil will have more than 18 GW of installed capacity by 2020, Abeeolica's chief executive Elbia Gannoum said. The executive also stressed that the federal energy auctions are an important part for the growth of Brazil's wind sector.