Brazil aims to be No. 1 in Latin American wind energy

Brazil is making a big push to become Latin America’s king of wind.

The South American country, best known for its intensive investment in sugarcane-powered energy, is aiming to bulk up its wind portfolio, and could have more than 20,000 megawatts of wind power capacity in less than 10 years, according to a recent report by Navigant Research.

The rapid growth would push Brazil’s wind power capacity to nearly about 12,000 megawatts of wind power.

Brazil opened its doors to international wind investment in its first wind-only auction in 2009, and since then has continued to seek additional investment, Navigant noted.

Brazil is not alone in its gusty ambitions. Mexico also plans to expand its wind generation capacity to 9,000 megawatts by 2022, which will make it the second largest wind producer in Latin America, according to Navigant.

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