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Brazil ranks as world's 8th largest wind power generator in 2015

Wind farm in Brazil. Author: Otávio Nogueira. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

August 9 (SeeNews) - Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy announced on Monday that last year the country reached the 8th position in the world ranking for wind generation.

The data comes from the "2015 Brazil and the World Wind Energy Bulletin", published by the ministry.

Brazil was also the first in terms of capacity factor in 2015, with a 38% ratio. 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 maintained the 4th position in regards to installed capacity, the government noted.

Currently, Brazil has 16.6 GW of contracted wind power. More details are available in the table below.

Status Capacity
In operation 9.3 GW
Read to start construction 3.9 GW
Under construction 3.4 GW

To reach its 24 GW goal by 2024, the country needs to contract 7.4 GW between now and 2021, the ministry said.

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