Enel begins 133MW expansion at solar plant in Brazil


Italian energy company Enel, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participações (EGPB), has started construction on 133MW expansion at the São Gonçalo solar plant in São Gonçalo do Gurguéia, Piauí, Brazil.

The first section of São Gonçalo solar plant already has a capacity of 475MW and with the addition of 133MW, the solar plant will now generate 608MW.

The company will invest BRL422m (£86.4m) in the 133MW expansion. The 608MW expanded solar plant will begin operations in 2020. Construction on the first 475MW section started in October 2018.

Of the total 608MW capacity, 343MW, which includes the addition of 133MW from the new section and a 210MW portion from the first section, will be sold to corporate customers in the country’s free energy market.

The remaining 265MW from the first section is supported by 20-year power purchase agreements with a pool of distribution companies operating in the country’s regulated market.

Enel Green Power head Antonio Cammisecra said: “We are further expanding São Gonçalo, South America’s largest solar plant currently under construction, reinforcing our commitment to boost our renewable capacity in Brazil, where we are the main player in both solar and wind in terms of installed capacity and project portfolio.

“São Gonçalo’s production profile will further benefit from our innovation leadership, including through state-of-the-art generation technologies. The plant will dedicate a significant portion of its output, including the entire production from its new expansion, to Brazil’s free energy market, which is increasingly attractive to renewable investors.”

The 133MW expansion is expected to generate 360GWh of clean energy annually while avoiding the emission of 207,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.

When the 608MW solar plant becomes operational, it is expected to generate more than 1,500GWh of clean energy, while avoiding more than 860,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

In February, the company began construction on the 716MW Lagoa dos Ventos wind farm in Brazil.

Located in the municipalities of Lagoa do Barro do Piauí, Queimada Nova and Dom Inocêncio, in Brazil’s north-eastern state of Piauí, the company is investing nearly BRL3bn (£614.6m) in the wind farm.

The wind farm will be powered by 230 turbines and once it is fully operational, the wind farm will generate more than 3.3TWh (terawatt hours) of emission-free energy.


Image: Enel begins construction of solar plant in Brazil. Photo: Courtesy of Mariana Proença/Unsplash.

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