Torrebras, the Brazilian unit of Spanish wind tower maker Windar Renovables SL, will build a 25 million-real ($12.3 million) factory in the northeastern state of Bahia to tap a growing local market for renewable energy.
The facility, proposed for the city of Camacari, will be able to produce 220 towers a year and start operating in December, the state government of Bahia said yesterday on its website.
Bahia’s blustery weather is attracting investments from wind developers and equipment providers keen to furnish components for the energy projects. The plant’s capacity may be doubled in the first half of next year to cater to foreign markets, according to the statement.
About 57 projects with 1,600 megawatts of total power generation capacity are planned for Bahia, according to the statement.
Spain’s Gamesa Corpo. Tecnologica SA (GAM) and France’s Alstom SA (ALO) both opened factories in Bahia last year to produce wind-energy equipment, according to the statement.
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