Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul gives prelim licence to 29-MW wind project

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December 3 (Renewables Now) - Fepam, the environmental protection agency in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, has issued the preliminary licence (LP) for a 29.4-MW wind project, it said this week.

The Girua Wind Park will consist of seven wind turbines with an individual capacity of 4.2-MW. The project will occupy 207.5 hectares (5,127.4 acres) in a rural area in the northeastern region of the state.

Local energy firm Ecoprojeto Ltda is named as the party in charge of the Girua project. The next environmental document the company needs to receive is the installation license (LI), which allows for the start of the works on the site.

At present, Rio Grande do Sul has about 1.84 GW of installed wind capacity and thus ranks fifth in the country. Overall, renewables account for 81% of the state's installed capacity, Fepam added.

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