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.