First Neoenergia Group‘s wind farm to go into operation,
in two phases: the first on July 15, 2006, with 53 units and completing its
full operation in August 2006 with further 9 wind turbines. Rio do Fogo has 62
wind turbines and an installed capacity of 49.3 MW. It is located in the city
of Rio do Fogo, in Rio Grande do Norte State.
It is Neoenergia's first
wind farm to be subsidized by the Incentive Program for Alternative Energy
Sources (Proinfa), of the Ministry of Mines and Energy and Eletrobras. The
initiative was aimed to encourage the use of renewable sources (such as wind,
biomass and SHHP), qualifying the project to be granted with financing from the
National Bank for Social Development (BNDES).