Italian renewable energy firm Enel Green Power (EGP) has started construction on three new wind farms in Brazil, adding 193MW to the company's installed capacity in the country.
The three new wind farms, Curva dos Ventos, Fontes dos Ventos and Modelo, are located in the northeast Brazilian states of Bahia, Pernambuco and Rio Grande do Norte.
Curva dos Ventos wind farm will have an installed capacity exceeding 56MW and will bring EGP's total installed capacity in Bahia to over 146MW.
Fontes dos Ventos and Modelo wind farms will provide an installed capacity of about 80MW and 56MW, respectively.
The company will invest about €330m to construct the three wind farms, which will provide energy to both the regulated and the free market, under a long-term power purchase agreement that EGP was awarded in Brazil's 2011 tender process.
On completion, the wind farms will be able to generate over 770 million kWh power per year, avoiding about 350 tonnes of annual CO2 emissions.
Brazil has about 98,000MW in installed capacity in the renewable energy sector, which is the equivalent of around 85% of the country's total installed capacity.
EGP said its total installed wind power capacity in 2014 will amount to about 283MW, in addition to the 93MW in hydroelectric power it already operates in the Latin American country.
Image: Once complete, the three new wind farms in Brazil will add a total of 193MW to EGP's installed capacity in the country. Photo: Courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net.