Enel Green Power has announced the launch of commercial operations of its 716 MW Lagoa dos Ventos wind farm in Brazil. The project was developed at an estimated investment of BRL 3 billion ($592 million) by the company’s subsidiary, Enel Green Power Brasil Participacoes Ltd. The plant is located in Brazil’s north-eastern state of Piaui and is equipped with 230 turbines which are expected to generate more than 3.3 TWh of electricity annually.
Enel Green Power was awarded a 510-MW piece of Lagoa dos Ventos in Brazil’s A-6 public tender In December 2017. It will supply the resulting power under 20-year contracts with a pool of distribution companies operating in the regulated market. The output from the remaining 206 MW of projects will be procured by the free market for sale to retail customers.
Currently, Enel is building the 396 MW Lagoa dos Ventos III wind farm, which will take the number of turbines to 302 and the installed capacity to 1.1 GW. With the new addition, the Lagoa dos Ventos complex will be capable of generating about 5 TWh of clean power annually.
Enel Green Power has around 3.7 GW of installed renewable energy capacity in Brazil which includes 1,498 MW from wind farms and 979 MW from solar plants. Last month, the company announced that it is developing five new renewable energy projects in the United States with a combined capacity of 1.5 GW and 319 MW of battery storage.