According to the National Agency for electricity in Brazil (Aneel), as for the end of the first half of 2016, the country already had in operation 368 wind power turbines that have about 9 GW of installed capacity and provide electricity production of 6.23% of the total energy balance.
We would like to remind you that according to the report of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), as of the end of 2015, Brazil rounds up the top four of world leaders in the wind power capacity commissioned in 2015 (2.75 GW, after China, the USA and Germany), and the country is included in the top ten in total installed capacity (8.72 GW).
No one doubts that the Brazilian wind energy will continue to grow in the coming years. In an effort to provide clean electricity from wind power 11% of the total energy balance of the country, the government has set a bar for 24 GW by 2024. And these plans are not just “in the air”, but are backed by the concluded contracts, under which the construction is already underway, providing a minimum of 18.67 GW by 2019.
This rapid growth is based on the energy reform, which has manifested itself in the system of auctions for power capacity with the demand of the local production of equipment (the world's major brands have launched the production of their wind turbines in Brazil under license). And when the wind power has also started to compete successfully with other forms of energy generation, investment in this sector soon followed (it is expected that by 2020 investments in the country's wind power will exceed 13 billion US dollars).
It should be noted that in the northeast of Brazil in the state of Ceará, the conditions for the development of wind energy are considered to be the best in the world. These areas have the highest capacity factor (ICUF) for land-based wind turbines – the average figure is 43.4%, whereas for the whole of Brazil it is 35.2%, while the global average is just about 28%.
According to GWEC, the reformed Brazilian wind power has created around 145,000 jobs, 41,000 of which were added last year.
Thus, it can be stated that Brazil has made an incredible breakthrough in the development of wind power over the last few years and today demonstrates the highest growth rate of this sector.
And at the end of August, the main wind power event in Latin America will start: the exhibition “Brazil Windpower 2016” (in Rio de Janeiro from 30 August to 1 September 2016), which surely will bring together professionals not only from this continent, but from around the world.