December 19 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's Parana State Environmental Institute (IAP) issued on Tuesday the preliminary licence for a 200-MW wind project.
With a total cost estimated at BRL 1 billion (USD 255.8m/EUR 225m), Palmas II will be comprised of eight wind parks to be built on a 16,000-hectare (39,536 acre) area in the municipality of Palmas, the local government said. It is the first privately owned renewable generation complex in Parana and one of the three largest in the whole South of Brazil.
Owned by local energy firm Enerbios, part of the Enercons Group, the wind power complex is also associated with German company Innovent and Brazilian firms Cia Ambiental de Curitiba and Ventos do Sul.
Under the country's laws, the preliminary licences only attest to the environmental feasibility of the projects and do not give the go-ahead for the start of construction works and ground interventions.
(BRL 1 = USD 0.26/EUR 0.23)