Voltalia Starts Output From First Brazilian Wind Power Project

Voltalia SA, a French clean-energy producer, started operating its first wind power complex in Brazil.


The first 3 megawatts of power from the Areia Branca project in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte are online, the Neuilly-Sur-Seine-based company said.

Voltalia said it expects to reach 90 megawatts of output by year end.

Construction started in August 2013 and Spanish turbine maker Acciona SA supplied equipment for the project. In May, Voltalia got a 309.4 million-reais ($128.1 million) loan for the project from the Brazilian Development Bank.

The company is also building the 108-megawatt Sao Miguel do Gostoso wind complex, expected to start in the second half of next year, and the 93-megawatt Vamcruz project, which may be operating in the first half of 2016, according to the statement.