December 12 (Renewables Now) - French renewable power plants operator Voltalia SA (EPA:VLTSA) has put in service the first 10 MW of its 291-MW VSM 1&2 wind farms in Brazil's Rio Grande do Norte state.
Voltalia will switch on the remaining turbines gradually, reaching 291 MW of capacity by the middle of 2020, the company said Wednesday.
Commissioning is occurring ahead of the schedule set in the 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the wind parks as the company completed a key transmission line back in September. Most of the electricity generated before the PPAs come into effect will be sold on the free market, generating extra revenue. The long-term contracts take effect between 2021 and 2024.
VSM 1&2 are part of Voltalia's Serra Branca wind farm cluster which has a total potential capacity of 2.4 GW. Once these 291 MW are completed, the French company will own 600 MW of operational wind farms in the cluster, it noted.