Tractebel Energia, the Brazilian subsidiary of GDF SUEZ, announced the Trairi wind power project has commenced commercial operation. The wind farms in the Brazilian state of Ceará have a total installed electric power capacity of 115 megawatts. The energy generated from the Trairi wind parks will help power commercial and industrial facilities.
"The Trairi wind parks increase our worldwide presence in renewables whilst supporting the Group's strategy of increasing our capacity in fast growing markets," Gerard Mestrallet, chairman and CEO of GDF SUEZ , said in a statement. "The project further illustrates our intention to diversify our overall energy portfolio."
Construction of the Trairi wind project started in October 2011 with investment totaling €170 million (US$235 million), according to reNews. In 2012, the United Nations registered the wind parkss under the Clean Development Mechanism, which recognizes projects that aim to reduce carbon emissions.
GDF SUEZ produces 7 percent of Brazil's overall installed power generation capacity. Of that, 87 percent is generated from renewable sources. The group also provides other energy-related services to Brazil and provided the nation's energy market with liquefied natural gas since 2012.