August 10 (SeeNews) - Brazil Wind Energy Association (Abeeolica) announced on Friday the country has registered more than 7 GW of installed wind power capacity, growing by about a gigawatt in seven months.
The 7-GW mark has been reached after the installation of three new wind farms in Rio Grande do Norte state. Currently, Brazil's wind capacity stands at 7,068.7 MW, which is equivalent to 5% of the Brazilian power mix.
In total, there are 281 wind farms spread in 11 states.
Elbia Silva Gannoum, Abeeolica's president, noted that in 2014 the country's wind power plants generated a total of 12 TWh, which in turn represented a net benefit of more than BRL 5 billion (USD 1.4bn/EUR 1.3bn) to the national energy system, avoiding, for example, the high cost of thermal energy dispatch.
The Brazilian government expects the wind sector to reach around 23 GW of installed capacity by 2023 but Abeeolica's forecast is more optimistic at 27 GW.
(BRL 1 = USD 0.285/EUR 0.260)