ACCIONA Windpower will supply 65 of its 3 MW wind turbines to Atlantic Energias Renovaveis and the British private-equity firm Actis for a 195 MW wind farm planned in northern Brazil.
Per the agreement, turbine delivery of ACCIONA's AW125/3000 turbines will begin in 2017, with expected completion in late 2018.
According to ACCIONA, the AW125/3000 is designed to optimize energy capture on sites with medium-speed prevailing winds where the complex will be installed. The turbines will be mounted on 120-meter towers made of concrete. ACCIONA will operate and maintain the installation for 15 years.
The project, developed through a joint venture between Atlantic and Actis, consists of eight wind farms: Lagoa do Barro I-VII and Queimada Nova.
The main components of the wind turbines to be supplied under this contract will be manufactured in Brazil. The nacelles will be assembled in the new plant that ACCIONA has opened in the Bahia state and the concrete towers will be assembled on-site with the segments manufactured nearby.
The blades and other equipment will also be purchased in Brazil. This means that the company complies with the requirements regarding national production of components established by the Brazilian National Development Bank to finance the purchase of wind turbines under more favorable conditions than in the market, the company notes.
With this contract, ACCIONA reached 1 GW sold of its AW3000 wind turbine since it began marketing the turbine in the country in 2012.
Caption: A look inside ACCIONA's production facility in the Bahia state of Brazil.