Enel Green Power has completed the construction of a 30MW wind farm, which is one of the three plants being built at the Cristal wind power complex with a total capacity of 90MW in Brazil.
Located in Morro do Chapéu, Bahia, the Primavera wind farm features 13 wind turbines of 2.3MW each, and could generate more than 145 million kWh of electricity annually.
The latest wind farm brings the company's total installed capacity in Brazil to more than 120MW including 93MW from hydro power.
To be built at an estimated cost of €165m, the Cristal complex consists of three wind farms to be located in the municipalities Morro do Chapéu, Cafarnaum and Bonito in Bahia.
Awarded under the 3rd Reserve Energy Auction carried out by the National Electric Power Agency (ANEEL), the plants were approved to sign an energy sales agreement with the Chamber of Electrical Energy Commercialization (CCEE).
The plants will be owned and operated by individual subsidiaries of Enel Brasil Participações: Enel Green Power Cristal Eólica, Enel Green Power Primavera Eólica and Enel Green Power São Judas Eólica.
To be connected through a substation by a 230kV transmission line to the National Interconnected System (SIN), the wind farms of the same capacity are expected to generate a total of 473,844MWh annually, while reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
The Cristal project is expected to create around 200 workers during construction and 15 full time operation and maintenance positions during operation.
The plant completion represents that the company is strengthening its presence in the promising Brazilian renewable energy market.
The company has recently won a contract for 11MW of solar power in Brazil, adding to its 503MW of wind and hydro contracts it received in the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Brazilian public auctions.
Image: the Primavera wind farm in Brazil features 13 wind turbines of 2.3MW. Photo: courtesy of Enel Green Power.