- Brazil’s Aneel has approved Rio Alto Energia’s 600 MW solar complex for the state of Paraiba
- Chile gives environmental clearance to a 126 MW solar park by Arroyo Energy
- EDPR has commissioned its largest solar power plant with 252 MW DC capacity, in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state
600 MW solar complex approved: Brazil’s National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel) has approved a 600 MW solar complex made up of 12 x 50 MW plants. The complex is proposed by Rio Alto Energia to come up in Santa Luzia, Paraiba for an investment worth BRL 2.4 billion. It is estimated to create 1,500 jobs. Aneel’s Director General Andre Pepitone said he expects the solar potential of Paraiba to attract investments worth BRL 10 billion by 2026. In June 2021, Rio Alto Energia was reported by Paraiba Governor Joao Azevedo of having plans to establish 1.625 GW Santa Luzia Solar Complex with commercial operations starting from January 2023 (see Solar Panel Factory Planned For Brazil’s Paraiba).
126 MW new solar park in Chile: The Environmental Impact Assessment organization or Servicio de Evalucion Ambiental (SEA) in Chile has given environmental clearance to a 126 MW solar power park proposed by Arroyo Energy Investment Partners’ Arco Energy. Pampa Librillo Solar Park will be built in Antofagasta region for $90 million. According to SEA documents, the entire capacity will be built as 40 blocks of 3.15 MW each. Arroyo Energy expects to start construction in October 2022 on site and bring the project to completion in May 2024. It will deploy 284,544 PV modules with 440W to 445W output each, mounting these on single axis solar trackers.
252 MW solar project in Brazil: EDP Renewables (EDPR) has brought online its largest solar farm with 252.29 MW DC capacity in Brazil. The Pereira Barreto located solar farm is the biggest solar complex in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state, according to the company, and the 5th largest in the country. It is sited on 455-hectare land and is equipped with close to 600,000 PV panels. EDPR said the project will generate close to 547,000 MWh annually which will be sold through its trading company, EDP Brasil (ENBR3).