Voltalia starts construction of 320MW solar project in Brazil

WCN Editorial Team 9 Sep 2021 SOUTH AMERICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Voltalia, renewable energy firm, has announced the commencement of the construction of SSM1&2, a 320MW solar project in Brazil.

Voltalia CEO Sébastien Clerc said: “SSM1&2 is our biggest solar project to date: 320 megawatts, including 50 megawatts backed by new long-term power sales contracts won since our last communication on the project last year.

“We are now beginning construction with a target to commission the facility during the first half of 2022. SSM1&2 is located in the world’s largest wind-and-solar cluster, Serra Branca, a 2.4-gigawatt site Voltalia has developed from scratch.

“Thanks to the SSM1&2 solar plants in Serra Branca, we are fully leveraging our multi-technology advantage: we are optimizing land use by putting solar panels next to wind turbines and making renewable power production more steady during the day.”

The SSM1&2 solar project has five long-term power-sales contracts with an average maturity of 16 years for a total capacity of 320MW.

Initially, it was a 32MW project but has increased tenfold due to new long-term contracts signed with buyers, including a corporate PPA with Braskem, a petrochemical company, and a utility PPA with Copel, a long term partner of Voltalia and an investor in Voltalia’s SMG wind farm since 2015.

Once commissioned during the first half of 2022, SSM1&2 will become Voltalia’s largest solar project.

SSM1&2 is part of the Serra Branca cluster, located in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte.

Serra Branca is a combined wind-and-solar cluster. Voltalia is retaining ownership of a significant part of the 2.4gw site, while selling the other part to partners who also buy construction and maintenance services from it.

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Image: Once commissioned during the first half of 2022, SSM1&2 will become Voltalia’s largest solar project. Credit: PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay 

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