French firm to build 1.2 GW Brazil wind cluster

French renewable power developer Voltalia has announced the further development of one of Brazil’s largest wind power clusters.

The 1.2 GW Serra Branca cluster, located in Rio Grande do Norte state, is planned to include 183 MW of wind power plants currently in operation, 99 MW which are under construction and a further planned 27 MW.

Among the operating plants are the 90 MW Areia Branca (pictured during development) and 93 MW Vamcruz plants, which both came online in December of 2015. The 99 MW Vila Para 1 and 25 MW Vila Acre projects are among those under construction.

The cluster's location “benefits from outstanding wind conditions” according to Voltalia.

To convey the cluster’s power to the Brazilian grid, in 2014 the firm built a 52 km transmission line with a capacity of 400 MVA.

Voltalia CEO Sebastien Clerc said: “This cluster reflects Voltalia’s ambitions and confirms its position as a leading international renewable power producer in Brazil. Thanks to our highly skilled teams and a solid project pipeline, we are currently building our success in Brazil as well as in each of the countries where we operate”.

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