A total of 14.2 gigawatts of planned wind energy capacity from 577 projects qualified for the Nov. 28 event, the most of any energy source, Brazil’s energy research agency Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica said.
Wind energy will be the dominant energy source at Brazil’s next power-generation auction with developers contributing 70 percent of all projects, more than proposals from hydro dams to natural gas-fired plants
That’s out of 821 submissions for a combined 29.2 gigawatts that also included solar energy, hydroelectric, biomass, gas and coal plants.
Solar developers qualified for 179 projects to generate a combined 4.87 gigawatts, while biomass plants will participate with 21 projects for 1.35 gigawatts.
Proposals for thermoelectric units fueled by gas or coal qualified to bid for 8 gigawatts of generation, while hydroelectric dams qualified for 830 megawatts.
The event, known as A-5, is for power from new projects scheduled to start operating by January 2019.