The Enel Group’s Brazilian renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participações has started construction of the 475MW São Gonçalo solar park in São Gonçalo do Gurguéia, located in the Brazil’s northeastern state of Piauí.
The PV installation, which is expected to begin operations in 2020, is the largest PV facility currently under construction in South America. The Enel Group will invest approximately US$390 million in the development of the project.
Antonio Cammisecra, head of Enel Green Power, said: “The start of construction of this PV plant strengthens our leadership in the Brazilian renewable energy sector and confirms once again the importance we give to the development of solar energy in the country. São Gonçalo will further contribute to the diversification and resilience of the country’s energy mix, supporting a virtuous, economic cycle through the long-term supply of sustainable energy.”
When the São Gonçalo project is completed, it will be able to generate over 1,200 GWh per year while cutting down the emission of over 600,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
Of the 475MW of generation capacity, 388MW of the plant was awarded to the Enel Group in Brazil’s A-4 public tender in December 2017 and are supported by 20-year power supply contracts by a number of distribution companies. The remaining 87MW are expected to provide energy for the free market.