Brazilian wind developer Casa Dos ventos has announced the starts of operations for two major wind complexes in Brazil.
On October 9th, the company announced the inauguration of the two wind parks that form wind complex Ventos do Araripe I in the municipality of Simões, in the south east of the state of Piauí.
The wind farms Ventos de Santo Onofre and Ventos de Santa Joana add a total capacity of 210 MW to form the Ventos do Araripe I wind complex.
The farms secured energy contracts from the national auction "Leilão de Reserva (LER)" of 2013. The project, which had estimated investment of R$ 1,1 billion (US$268.5 million), has 105 wind turbines.
Besides wind farm construction, the company has also been leading the consortium (also formed by Queiroz Galvão Energia, Chesf e Contour Global) for the construction of Brazil's largest wind energy substation, the 1,200-MW SE Curral Novo do Piaui II facility, switched on in August.
In later September, the company announced the start of operations of the biggest wind complex in the state of Pernambuco, Ventos de Santa Brígida, with a 181.9 MW capacity.
Casa dos Ventos commissioned its seven-phase 181.9MW Ventos de Santa Brígida complex in Pernambuco. It comprises the Ventos de Santa Brígida I-VII wind farms, located across the municipalities of Caetés, Paranatama and Pedra, where 107 GE 1.7-100 turbines have been installed.
Casa dos Ventos invested R$864 million (USD 215 million) in the complex that will produce enough power to meet the annual demand of 350,000 local homes.