Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul gives enviro license to 870-MW wind project
Delivering the documents at a ceremony in Porto Alegre. Photo: Karine Viana/Palácio Piratini
Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul State Environmental Protection Agency (Fepam) issued on Tuesday the preliminary license for a 870-MW wind complex project.
Located on a 15,800-hectare (39,042 acre) area in the municipality of Sao Jose do Norte, the Ventos do Atlantico Wind Complex, as it is named, will be the largest of its kind in the whole state. The scheme envisages the installation of 290 wind turbines of 3 MW each, forming 32 separate wind farms.
The total cost of this project is estimated at BRL 4 billion (USD 1.15bn/EUR 942m) and it includes a 63.60-km, 230-kV power transmission line to connect the complex's output to the National Interconnected System (SIN).
Before the project can brake ground, the government has to issue an installation license. The start of operations will follow the delivery of the operation license, the state government noted.