February 22 (Renewables Now) - The Brazilian installed wind power capacity has reached 13 GW this week, the National Wind Energy Association (Abeeolica) said on Wednesday.
Brazil now has 518 operational wind parks, according to the association. Abeeolica asserts that the country will have nearly 19 GW of installed capacity by 2023, taking into account only contracts already in place.
The association also states that 4,619 average megawatts (MWa) of wind power were generated in 2017, accounting for 7.4% of all the energy produced in Brazil last year.
The bulletin additionally presents a ranking of the states with the highest wind capacity to date. Rio Grande do Norte is the leader with a total capacity of 3,722.45 MW and 137 operational wind parks. Bahia and Ceara follow with 2,594.54 MW and 1,950.46 MW, respectively.
According to Abeeolica, another mark for the Brazilian wind sector is the fact that the country has reached the 8th position in the world ranking for wind generation, the association noted citing data from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).