October 26 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy announced on Tuesday that last year the country has reached 7th position in the world ranking for wind generation.
The data comes from the "2016 Brazil and the World Wind Energy Bulletin", published by the ministry.
Brazil also maintained its top position in terms of capacity factor in 2016, surpassing by far the world average of 24.7% with its 41.6%. This is due to the significant increase in the size of new wind farms, technological advancement and the better selection of project locations.
The country also reached the 5th position as regards to power expansion with 2.5 GW added last year, the government noted.
Currently, Brazil has 17.7 GW of contracted wind power. More details are available in the table below.
|In operation||11.5 GW|
|Read to start construction||2.8 GW|
|Under construction||3.4 GW|
To reach its 25.8 GW goal by 2026, the country needs to contract 8.1 GW more, the ministry said.