January 9 (Renewables Now) - Brazilian developer Casa dos Ventos announced on Wednesday it will break ground on the 504-MW Rio Vento wind complex project this month.
Considered to be one of the largest of its kind in the country, the complex will require approximately BRL 2.4 billion (USD 590.4m/EUR 531.3m) in investments for the development of its eight wind parks.
Consisting of 120 wind turbines supplied by Danish wind turbine supplier Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS), Rio do Vento will cover an area of 7,000 hectares (17,297 acres) between four municipalities -- Caicara do Rio do Vento, Ruy Barbosa, Bento Fernandes and Riachuelo -- in Rio Grande do Norte state.
Scheduled to commence operations in July 2021, the asset is expected to generate enough clean electricity to meet the demand of some 1 million local homes and offset 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, Casa dos Ventos noted.
(BRL 1 = USD 0.246/EUR 0.221)