Brazil's Rio Grande do Norte is seen to hit in September 3 GW of installed wind power capacity, according to the Centre for Strategies in Natural Resources and Energy, also known as CERNE.
At the moment, the state has 106 wind parks in commercial operation with a combined capacity of 2.9 GW. To break the 3 GW barrier, Rio Grande do Norte is betting on five wind farms, with more than 100 MW combined, currently under test operation.
French renewable power plants operator Voltalia SA (EPA:VLTSA) is behind three of the five plants, while CPFL Energias Renovaveis SA (BVMF:CPRE3) owns the other two, CERNE noted.
About 1.63 GW of the state's total capacity is located only in the Mato Grande region, the main wind development area here. This alone exceeds the installed capacity of states like Rio Grande do Sul and Ceara, respectively ranking third and fourth in Brazil, CERNE's Sector Director of Engineering and Electrical Infrastructure, Milton Pinto said.