October 20 (Renewables Now) - French renewable power plants operator Voltalia SA (EPA:VLTSA) inaugurated on Thursday its 108-MW Sao Miguel do Gostoso wind farm complex in Brazil's Rio Grande do Norte.
The facility was developed in partnership with Brazilian power utility Copel (BVMF:CPLE6) and secured an off-take contract during the fourth reserve energy auction held in 2011, the National Wind Energy Association (Abeeolica) said.
Located in the city of the same name, the Sao Miguel do Gostoso complex consists of four wind farms and 36 pieces of 3-MW turbines supplied by Nordex (ETR:NDX1). In addition to supplying wind turbines, Nordex will also be responsible for the assembly and the operation and maintenance (O&M) services of the equipment.
The Sao Miguel wind complex is capable of generating about 520 GWh per year, enough to supply more than 270,000 local households and offset 205,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.
At the start of October, Brazil had 12.33 GW of operational wind farms.