With wind farms among the most productive of Brazil, Queiroz Galvão Energia inaugurates its fourth complex in the country
Owner of four wind farm developments and four hydroelectric companies, QG Energia reaches 650 MW of power generation
São Paulo, March 27th 2015 – With investments up to R$ 610 million, Queiroz Galvão Energia (QG Energia) has just inaugurated the wind-generated energy complex Riachão, in the city of Ceará-Mirim, in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte. The new plant has 54 turbines and 150 MW installed capacity which is enough to supply 377 thousand residences.
"Researches show that Brazil has an estimated 300 GW wind power potential. Currently we use less than tenth of that volume, which shows the huge potential of Brazilian wind farm sector growth", says Max Xavier, chief executive of Queiroz Galvão Energia. "The Riachão complex alone will raise in 10% the power generation in Rio Grande do Norte, with a renewable and competitive source".
In just three years, Queiroz Galvão Energia has inaugurated four wind complexes in Brazil. According to Electric System National Operator´s (ONS) data, QG Energia’s projects were the most productive in Brazil last year, with average capacity factor higher than other Brazilian wind farms. The most efficient wind plant is Colônia, in Ceará, with capacity factor of 67.3%, followed by Taíba Andorinha, Taíba Águia, São Jorge and Icaraí. Among these wind power projects, only São Jorge does not integrate the company's portfolio (see box).
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Source: ONS’s monthly report/2014
"The productivity of our farms is a result of our expertise in developing projects in areas with diverse wind power potential and privileged geographical location, combined with the right choice of turbines," says Xavier.
Another two wind farms are being built in the state of Piauí, and they will be inaugurated until December 2015 and December 2016. By the time the plants are running, QG Energia will have invested up to R$ 3 billion in renewable energy generation in Brazil. The new parks located in Piauí will raise the company´s installed capacity in more than 1 GW, including wind and hydroelectric sources. This volume is enough to supply 2.6 million houses, equivalent to 10.4 million people or the entire population of the Brazilian state of Pernambuco.
In order to connect the Riachão complex to the national grid, Queiroz Galvão Energia has built by itself 28.3 kilometers of transmission lines, of 230 kV. Independence in the construction of transmission lines has also been one of the differentials of QG Energia. This reflects in the quick growth of the company’s projects.