Brazilian power utility Copel (BVMF:CPLE6) started on Monday the construction of its 312.9 MW Cutia wind complex in Rio Grande do Norte state.
This is the fourth wind complex the company has in the state. With a total investment of BRL 1.3 billion (USD 369.8m/EUR 327m), the complex is scheduled for completion by 2018. Once fully operational, it will be able to supply a city of about 2 million inhabitants.
The project will be carried out in two stages, the company said in its press release. By October 2017, the first seven parks will enter operation with a capacity of 180.6 MW. The second stage will be completed in 2018 and will add the remaining 132.3 MW.
Currently, Copel has 330.5 MW of wind capacity divided into three operational wind complexes and two projects totalling 159 MW, ready to sell power in future energy auctions.