The Fundação Estadual de Proteção Ambiental (Fepam) of the state of Rio Grande do Sul has approved the planned site of the wind farm with seven wind turbines, a total height of up to 225m and an installed capacity of 4.2 MW each.
The Licença Prévia (LP) certifies the environmental feasibility and establishes the basic requirements and ancillary provisions that must be met in the next phase of implementation with the so-called Licença de Instalação (installation permit).
Based on several years of wind measurements and an average wind speed of 7.7 m/s at hub height, the site has a potential yield of more than 100,000 MWh, avoiding 12,376 t of CO2 per year.
The grid connection is via a 69 kV transmission line with a length of 6 km which will transfer the energy generated to the RGE-Giruá substation as part of the local interconnected system.
Managing partners Heike Kröger and Ubbo de Witt are currently in Brazil for further negotiations to implement the wind farm. "We are very pleased to have reached this further milestone together with our managing director Mara Rockenbach." Fepam President Marjorie Kauffmann highlighted the importance of the project for the region. "This energy source is promising for Rio Grande do Sul."