Enel Green Power currently operates 170 MW of solar power capacity in Brazil. With its newly commissioned 158 MW Lapa Solar Park, the Italian utility now has 649 MW of solar power capacity under execution in the country. Pictured here is its Apiacas Solar Power plant in Brazil. (Photo Credit: Enel Green Power )
- Enel Green Power has commissioned the 158 MW Lapa Solar Park in Brazil
- The capacity comes from two plants - Bom Jesus da Lapa (80 MW) and Lapa (78 MW)
- The park has come online with an investment of $175 million, over 2 months ahead of schedule
- It is expected to generate 340 GWh of clean energy annually, which will be supplied to the Brazilian Chamber of Commercialization of Electric Energy (CCEE)
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Italian renewable energy company Enel Green Power has connected the 158 MW Lapa Solar Park to the grid, which was developed in the form of two plants – 80 MW Bom Jesus da Lapa and 78 MW Lapa.
Enel had won this capacity during a public tender as part of three projects in August 2015. The Lapa Solar Park is part of three projects it won back then. Horizonte with 103 MW capacity and Nova Olinda with 292 MW capacity are at present under construction.
Developed for $175 million, it is the largest solar park currently in operation in Brazil, stated Enel. Clean energy generated by the park will be supplied to the Brazilian Chamber of Commercialization of Electric Energy (Câmara de Comercialização da Energia Elétrica or CCEE) for a period of 20 years.
The park was commissioned more than 2 months ahead of schedule. It is anticipated to generate 340 GWh of solar power annually, enough to power the needs of 166,000 Brazilian homes.
The park is located in the state of Bahia, where Enel Group’s subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participacoes (EGPB) is constructing the 103 MW Horizonte and 254 MW Ituverava solar parks.
“The entry into service of Lapa is an important milestone for Enel in Brazil since it is the first solar PV project to become operational this year out of the four PV projects currently under construction by the Group in the country,” said Carlo Zorzoli, Enel’s Country Manager in Brazil.
At present, Enel – through its subsidiaries EGPB and Enel Brasil – has a total installed renewable power capacity of 1,464 MW in Brazil, with solar contributing 170 MW. Another 649 MW of PV capacity is in the development/installation phase.