Neoenergia switches on 35 MW of wind capacity in Brazil
Brazilian utility company Neoenergia SA (BVMF:NEOE3) has started the commercial operation of a 34.65-MW portion of the 471.25-MW Chafariz wind complex, the firm announced last week.
With 10 turbines up and running already, a portion of the larger wind farm has been delivered 17 months before the contract signed for supplies to the regulated market becomes effective.
This move was made possible due to the commencement of operations of the new Santa Luzia II substation and a transmission line, enabling the evacuation of electricity for 69.3 MW in total.
The Chafariz wind complex will consist of 136 turbines in total, spread across 15 wind farms in Paraiba state. The test phase of the remaining turbines is proceeding according to schedule, the company said.
About 61% of the Chafariz complex's output will be allocated to the regulated market, while the rest will go to the free market (ACL). Completion is expected by 2022, the subsidiary of Spanish utility group Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE) noted.