Brazil hits 18 GW of installed wind capacity

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February 19 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's installed wind power capacity has reached 18 GW, national wind energy association Abeeolica announced on Thursday.

The country now has 695 operational wind parks, according to the association. Its president, Elbia Gannoum, said that Brazil will have at least 28 GW of installed wind power capacity by 2024, taking into account only contracts awarded through auctions.

The Abeeolica bulletin additionally presents a ranking of the states with the highest wind capacity to date. Rio Grande do Norte is the leader with 5.15 GW and 182 operational wind parks. Bahia and Piaui follow with 4.88 GW and 2.28 GW, respectively.

At present, wind power is the second largest source of electricity generation in Brazil. During record generation days, wind farms were capable of meeting the demand of up to 17% of the whole country throughout the day.

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