Casa dos Ventos, one of the pioneers and larger investors in the development of wind projects in Brazil, has placed a 534 MW order for the second stage of the of the Rio do Vento complex, located in the state of Rio Grande do Norte. The extension will add to the 504 MW first phase of the project that is currently under construction, and the combined complex of more than 1 GW will be the largest wind project in Latin America to date.
For the project, Vestas has developed a customised solution, featuring V150-4.2 MW wind turbines with some delivered in 4.3 MW and others in 4.5 MW ‘power optimised mode’ to maximise the site’s power production while promoting lowest cost of energy.
“We are proud to continue our successful collaboration with Casa dos Ventos and provide them a customised solution that includes our newly introduced 4.5 MW Power Optimised Mode“ said Javier Rodriguez, president, Vestas Mediterranean. “The scale of this project shows the potential of clean energy in Brazil and it marks a big step forward in the country’s energy transition towards a more sustainable future”.
This is the third contract signed between the partners in less than two years, totalling 1.2 GW of wind turbines. With this deal, Vestas further strengthens its presence in Brazil, where it has a total order intake of more than 5.5 GW.
The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. The project is expected to become operational in 2023.