On completion of the 608 MW São Gonçalo Solar PV Project, Enel Green Power will sell the power generated to corporate customers and distribution companies in Brazil. The project is using bifacial solar modules and solar trackers from Soltec. (Photo Credit: Soltec)
- The 475 MW under construction solar power project of Enel Green Power in Brazil is adding another 133 MW to it
- The company has started construction on the 133 MW capacity that is to cost an approximate of BRL 422 million
- The entire 608 MW capacity of the São Gonçalo Solar PV Project is designed to generate 1,500 GWh of clean power annually on completion in 2020
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Enel Green Power is expanding the capacity of its 475 MW São Gonçalo Solar PV Project in Brazil by 133 MW. The company’s local subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participações Ltda. (EGPB) has begun construction of the 133 MW expansion in São Gonçalo do Gurguéia in the state of Piauí. It expects an investment of BRL 422 million ($105 million).
With this expansion, the São Gonçalo Solar Plant will have 608 MW total capacity, which makes it the largest PV plant currently under construction in South America, said Enel. Enel is using bifacial solar power modules for the project along with SF7 bifacial solar trackers from Spain’s Soltec (see Spanish Bifacial Trackers For Enel’s 475 MW Project).
Out of its total 608 MW capacity, the project will sell power generated from the 133 MW expansion and 210 MW (out of 475 MW under construction since October 2018) to corporate customers in the Brazilian free energy market while the remaining 265 MW is contracted by a 20-year power purchase agreements (PPA) with a pool of distribution companies.
The full project is scheduled to start commercial operations in 2020. The bifacial modules are expected to generate around 1,500 GWh of clean power annually. The 133 MW expansion will alone generate 360 GWh annually.
In January 2019, Enel sold 540 MW operational solar and wind power assets in Brazil to China’s CGN Energy for €700 million (see Enel To Sell 540 MW Brazilian RE Projects).