Enel Green Power (EGP) has begun construction on two new photovoltaic plants in the municipality of Tacaratu, Pernambuco State, in northeast Brazil. EGP already owns and operates in the same area the 80 MW “Fontes dos Ventos” wind farm and both solar plants, once completed, will be combined with it.
With a total installed capacity of 11 MW, Fontes Solar I and II will be EGP’s largest photovoltaic complex in Brazil. Once fully operational, their total output will exceed 17 GWh, equivalent to the energy needs of around 90 thousand Brazilian households, thereby avoiding the emission of more than 5 thousand tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.
EGP will be investing a total of approximately 18 million US dollars to construct the plants.
Both solar projects are supported by a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA), awarded to Enel Green Power in December 2013 through a tender process. The energy generated by the plants will be delivered to final customers in Pernambuco State.
Enel Green Power is the Enel Group company fully dedicated to the development and management of renewable energy sources at the international level, with operations in Europe, the Americas and Africa. With an annual generation capacity equal to, approximately, 32 billion kWh from water, sun, wind and the Earth’s heat – enough to meet the energy needs of more than 10 million households, Enel Green Power is a world leader in the sector thanks to its well-balanced generation mix, providing generation volumes well over the sector average. As of today, the company has an installed capacity of approximately 9,600 MW from a mix of sources including wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal and biomass. The company has about 740 plants operating in 15 countries.