Enel Green Power Starts Lagoa Dos Ventos Wind Farm in Brazil
The Enel Group’s Brazilian renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participagoes Lida has started commercial operations of the 716 MW Lagoa dos Ventos wind farm, which is the largest wind facility currently in operation in South America and Enel Green Power’s largest wind farm worldwide. The construction of the 716 MW facility, located in the municipalities of Lagoa do Barro do Piauf, Queimada Nova and Dorn Inocencio, in Brazil's northeastern state of Piauf, involved an investment of around 3 billion Brazilian reais, equivalent to around 620 million euros at the current exchange rale.
The 716 MW Lagoa dos Ventos, which is now fully up and running, is comprised of 230 wind turbines and will be able to generate over 3.3 TWh per year while avoiding the emission of over 1.9 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. Out of the wind farm's total installed capacity, 510 MW were awarded to Enel Green Power in Brazil's A-6 public tender in December 2017 and is supported by 20-year power supply contracts with a pool of distribution companies operating in the country’s regulated market, while the output from the remaining 206 MW will be delivered to the free market for sale to retail customers, leveraging Enel's integrated presence in the country.
In December 2020, Enel announced the start of construction of the new 396 MW Lagoa dos Ventos III wind project. With the new wind farm, which will require an investment of around 360 million euros, the total capacity of Lagoa dos Ventos will reach around 1.1 GW. The entire wind complex will have 302 wind turbines and will be able to generate around 5.0 TWh annually, avoiding the emission of over 2.8 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.