The Growing Accompaniment of Wind Ability in Latin America

Wind ability is assertive to play a greater role in affair Latin America’s growing appeal for electricity. Brazil, Chile and Mexico are accepted to accept added added than 3.7 GW of pv  inverter ability from 2010

through the end of 2012, according to a abstraction from IHS Arising Action Research (EER). Brazil comprises 70 percent of the Latin America wind market, but has broke just a atom of its wind ability


Demand for assortment of accumulation is accepted to abound wind bearing in Latin America, as is a abatement in costs through bounded manufacturing. Renewable action solar inverter developments in North America are

abundantly apprenticed by altitude change concerns, which are not of primary affair in Latin America. Instead, Latin American developers and governments are axis to wind action because of the accurate

technology and its abeyant to abound bounded automated activity.

While the bread-and-butter crisis ashen electricity appeal in abounding portions of the pv inverter world, Latin America was almost artless by the recession. Instead, ability appeal has connected to acceleration at an

amazing rate. Brazil accomplished a 4.5 percent ability appeal advance amount amid 2003 to 2008, while Mexico saw a 3.8 percent advance amount from 2003 to 2007. Chile was aswell artless by the recession.

Pablo Faúndez, accepted administrator and co-founder of Ecoingerios, said that appeal for electricity in Chile grew 6 percent per year during the bread-and-butter crisis. “The recession was around inexistent


In 2010 alone, the installed breeding accommodation in Latin America grew 50 percent, abacus 703 MW of wind power, according to BNamericas. As of February, Brazil has about 1.6 GW of installed wind capacity,

Mexico’s installed wind bearing accommodation has surpassed 1 GW, and Chile has about 300 MW.

Challenges to Growth

In adjustment for the Latin American wind bazaar to abide to expand, a few hurdles accept to be crossed. In some locations of Latin America, like Chile, accepting defended costs for projects can be

difficult. Due to the abridgement of a abutment arrangement with anchored prices, banks are afraid to yield risks on renewable energy.

A beyond basement for admission to abstracts aswell needs to be built, said Steve Sawyer, secretary accepted of the Global Wind Action Council. “More continued amount trucks for cranes and staging

accessories to unload blades are needed.”

Logistical apropos are an advancing claiming for the growing wind action market, said Marcos Costa, carnality admiral of renewable ability and thermal ability for Alstom. “The arena has to accept investments

in railroads to carriage the accessories in a fast and safe way.”

Other concerns, Costa said, cover accepting licenses for allowing and architecture alternation in countries area all-embracing electrical networks are inexistent.

The role of added forms of arising bearing could aswell abolish the advance of the wind industry. In contempo years, shale gas analysis has mushroomed not alone in the U.S., but aswell in Mexico. Miguel

Ángel Alonso, managing administrator of Acciona Action Mexico, said the greatest obstacle that wind developers are currently adverse is the low amount of accustomed gas and the access of shale gas into the

market. In adjustment for wind and added renewable assets to abide aggressive in Latin America, bounded governments will charge to action tax grants and added subsidies to body an industry that can be cost-

heavy upfront.


Brazil is predicted to abode 69 percent of the absolute Latin American installed wind accommodation in 2025, accession the country as a baton for development, agent accomplishment and wind agent basic

accumulation alternation assembly. Despite its accepted and forecasted administration in wind energy, it is predicted that wind assimilation will ability just 8.5 percent of Brazil’s bearing mix by 2025.

Part of Brazil’s advance in the wind industry is accepted to be spurred by all-embracing manufacturers aperture wind agent accessories in the nation. Accepted Electric (GE) has already appear affairs to body

a $35 actor bulb to accumulate wind turbines in the northeastern accompaniment of Bahia. The bulb is accepted to be completed by March 2013.

In total, Brazil is home to 11 accomplishment facilities, including a new ability congenital by Alstom. In November 2011, the French aggregation opened its aboriginal wind ability in Latin America, a agent

bulb in Camaçari, accompaniment of Bahia.

The accommodation to assemble the agent bulb in Bahia was a cardinal move, said Costa. “The automated circuitous of Camaçari is able-bodied amid in agreement of logistics, abnormally for exportation and the

action of specialized activity begin in the region.”

Prior to the alpha of its accomplishment operations in Brazil, Alstom had already won two affairs for wind farms. In July 2010, Alstom active a arrangement with Desenvix, a accessory of the Engevix group,

for the contruction of a 90-MW wind compex, aswell in the accompaniment of Bahia. The Brotas Circuitous will be composed of three wind farms able with 57-1.67 MW Alstom ECO 86 wind turbines.

In 2011, Alstom active a $130 actor arrangement with Brasventos S.A. for the architecture and aliment of three wind farms that will be installed in the accompaniment of Rio Grande do Norte. Recently, Alstom

was awarded a arrangement by Odebrecht Energia for the accumulation of four wind farms in southern Brazil. The projects, Corredor do Senandes II, III and IV, and Vento Aragano I, amid in the accompaniment of

Rio Grande do Sul, will ability a absolute accommodation of 108 MW.

Impsa has aswell staked a affirmation in the Brazilian wind development sector. In 2011, the aggregation completed the endure of 10 wind farms that compose the Santa Catarina wind project, which totals 222

MW of capacity. The wind farms are powered by 77-1.5 MW IV wind turbines, provided by WPE, an Impsa subsidiary. The activity created added than 7,000 aberrant jobs for the low-income families active in Santa

Catarina, according to Impsa.

Acciona Windpower continues to abound its development abject in Brazil through a arrangement for 40 of its 3 MW turbines with CPFL Renovaveis. The turbines will be installed at the 120 MW wind acreage in Rio

Grande do Sul state. Acciona aswell affairs to add a accomplishment bulb in Brazil.

Sawyer said that Brazilian wind developments are assertive for banking success due to allotment for basement projects from the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES). “Wind is outperforming all added forms of

ability bearing at auctions in Brazil.”

Total investment in Brazil’s wind ability area totaled $2.86 billion in 2011. These projects accustomed a absolute of $1.85 billion in BNDES funding, which was disconnected a part of 38 wind farms. The

lender aswell appear in March that it has accustomed a $211 million-real accommodation for 5 wind projects in the northeastern states of Rio Grande do Norte and Bahia, according to BNamericas. The parks are

accepted to accept an installed accommodation of 138 MW and are operated by Iberdrola Renováveis do Brasil and Neoenergia.

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