The state council on the environment of the Brazilian state of Ceara, namely Coema, approved last week the Environmental Impact Study (EIA) for a 182-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project.
Coema has okayed the Novo Mundo solar power complex owned by local company Internacional Energias Renovaveis Ltda (IER).
To be located in a 393.18-hectare (971.56 acres) area within the Taiba port industrial complex (CIMPORT), the PV plant will consist of four solar farms -- one with 44 MW of capacity and three with 46 MW of capacity.
According to IER, construction works are planned to begin between December of this year and February 2022. Power supply is scheduled to commence in April 2023.
Once Novo Mundo is up and running, the company expects it will be able to generate some 470 GWh of clean energy per year, enough to meet the demand of 265,000 local homes.
In addition to the PV complex, IER also proposes the construction of an 8-kilometre transmission line, to connect the asset to the Pecem substation.