Brazil Gives Go Ahead To Enel’s 290 MW Project

Enel Green Power’s 290 MW Nova Olinda PV Plant Secures Environmental Clearance From Piauí’s Environment Secretariat
07:31 PM (Beijing Time) - 03. August 2017
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Enel has a total installed PV capacity of 279 MW in Brazil, another 541 MW are under construction. Pictured here is its Apiacas Solar Power Plant in Brazil. (Photo Credit: Enel Green Power)

Key Takeaways

  • SEMAR of Piauí in Brazil has granted environmental clearances to what will be the largest PV power plant in Latin America
  • It has also given green light for Enel’s local subsidiary to lay down 500 KV of transmission lines that will connect the plant to the local substation
  • Enel is constructing the 290 MW Nova Olinda project with an investment of $300 million
  • It is expected to generate 600 GWh of clean energy on an annual basis once it comes online in the latter half of 2017
  • Enel won the right to develop the project as part of a total PV capacity of 553 MW in a state auction in August 2015

State environment Secretariat of Piaui in Brazil has granted environmental clearance to the 290 MW Nova Olinda solar power project of Italian energy company Enel Green Power, which is working on the project through its local subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participações Ltda.

Secretaria Estadual de Meio Ambiente do Piauí (SEMAR) has also approved laying a 500 KV transmission line that will connect the plant to the São João do Piauí substation. Once it becomes operational, Nova Olinda will be the largest PV power plant in Latin America.

Enel won the right to develop this project as part of a total PV capacity of 553 MW in a state auction in August 2015. Out of this capacity, it has already commissioned 158 MW Lapa Solar Park (see Enel Commissions 158 MW In Brazil).

The 290 MW system is planned to be constructed with an investment of $300 million. Spread over 690 hectares, it is expected to generate approximately 600 GWh of clean energy annually.

Construction on the plant is currently underway; Enel started installation works in July 2016 (see Largest Solar Power Plant In Latin America). Nova Olinda plant is owned by four special purpose vehicles, all held by Enel Green Power Brasil Participações Ltda. It is expected to be commissioned in the latter half of 2017.

Currently, Enel has a total installed PV capacity of 279 MW in Brazil, another 541 MW are under construction.

 

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