GE has won 545 MW of orders for wind turbines in Brazil's A-3 auction, which was held on Nov. 18. The total amount of energy auctioned was 867 MW, meaning GE secured 63% of the auction capacity.
The company will provide 1.7-100 and 1.85-82.5 turbines for wind farms developed by Casa dos Ventos, Eletrosul, Contour Global, CEEE, PEC, Rio Energy and Chesf in the Brazilian states of Rio Grande do Sul, Bahia and Piaui. GE also will service the wind turbines for 10 years as part of an operations and maintenance agreement that includes an availability guarantee for the 26 wind farms.
Between this newest auction and the reserve power auction that took place in August, GE says it has secured a total of 1 GW of commitments for wind energy in Brazil. In the November auction, GE says the new wind capacity was contracted at an average rate of $54/MWh. The Brazilian government held this auction to meet demand for the country's electricity needs in 2016.