November 6 (Renewables Now) - The Brazilian installed wind power capacity has reached 14.34 GW, the National Wind Energy Association (Abeeolica) said on Monday.
Brazil now has 568 operational wind parks, according to the association. Abeeolica asserts that the country will have nearly 18.80 GW of installed capacity by 2024, taking into account 186 new wind farms scheduled to come online by that date. This only takes into consideration projects awarded in past auctions and contracts signed on the free market to date.
The association also states that the energy generated by the country's wind plants is equivalent to the average residential consumption of around 26 million households.
The bulletin additionally presents a ranking of the states with the highest wind capacity to date. Rio Grande do Norte is the leader with a total capacity of 3,949.3 MW and 146 operational wind parks. Bahia and Ceara follow with 3,525 MW and 2,049.9MW, respectively.
According to Abeeolica, another mark for the Brazilian wind sector is the fact that in the first eight months of 2018, wind power generated an amount of energy 19% higher than that produced in the same period last year.