Brazil hits 6 GW of operational wind power capacity - report
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Brazil recently reached 6 GW of installed and operational wind power capacity, news portal Brasil 247 reported Saturday.
The amount is equivalent to five times the maximum capacity of the Furnas hydropower plant (HPP), in Minas Gerais. The number-one wind producing state is Rio Grande do Norte, as in April it reached 2 GW.
The 6 GW of capacity refers to 266 wind power plants already connected to the National Interconnected System (SNI). This achievement was possible due to the release of new wind farms in Rio Grande do Sul and Rio Grande do Norte, earlier this year.
Besides the connected plants, approximately 300 MW of wind turbines are up and ready to run, but awaiting connection to transmission lines. It is expected that these plants will be hooked to the national grid from July 2015. With these wind farms, Brazil would have reached 6 GW operational as early as January.