Brazil's Santa Catarina gives prelim licence for 256.5-MW wind project

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February 22 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's Santa Catarina State Environmental Institute (IMA) granted on Friday the preliminary environmental licence (LAP) for a 256.5-MW wind project.

The Calmon Wind Complex, as it is named, will require around BRL 1 billion (USD 185.7m/EUR 153.3m) in investments for the construction of 11 wind parks in total. Installation works will take 34 months, IMA estimates.

To be located in the municipalities of Calmon, Cacador, Timbo Grande and Porto Uniao, the wind project is the responsibility of regional wind firm Eolicas de Calmon Ltda. It will consist of 95 wind turbines with an individual capacity of 2.7 MW each, covering a total area of 9,600 hectares (23,722 acres).

The LAP, which serves to authorise the start of project planning, is the first of three environmental licences -- Preliminary, Installation and Operation -- necessary for the project to start operations, the agency explains.

(BRL 1.0 = USD 0.186/EUR 0.153)

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