Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul licenses 810-MW wind project

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November 25 (Renewables Now) - Fepam, the environmental protection agency in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, has issued the preliminary licence (LP) for an 810-MW wind project, it said this week.

The Tres Divisas complex will consist of 18 wind farms equipped with a total of 180 units of 4.5-MW wind turbines. The project will occupy 20,928 hectares (51,714.2 acres) in an area where the municipalities of Alegrete, Quarai and Uruguaiana meet in Brazil's southern state.

Brazilian renewable energy firm Ybytu Empreendimentos de Energia Renovavel SA is named as the party in charge of the Tres Divisas project.

Fepam estimates that approximately 200 direct jobs will be created during the project's implementation phase.

The next environmental document Ybytu needs to receive is the installation license (LI).

In all, the Tres Divisas project will bring some BRL 3.6 billion (USD 643m/EUR 574m) to the regional economy, taking into account the large number of services that will be needed to support the development, Fepam added.

(BRL 1.0 = USD 0.179/EUR 0.159)

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