Brazil's Eletronorte, Chesf to build 10-MWp floating PV farm
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Brazilian power utilities Eletronorte and Chesf will invest BRL 100 million (USD 25.4m/EUR 23.3m) in a research and development (R&D) project involving 10 MWp of floating solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity.
The announcement was made on Tuesday by the Ministry of Mines and Energy. On the same day, the utilities signed a deal with companies and research institutes for the two 5-MWp projects, to be implemented in the Sobradinho and Balbina hydropower plants (HPPs).
The works are schedule to begin on January 29 at the Balbina plant, and February 1 at Sobradinho. The government expects the plants to deliver 1 MWp each by August 2016, adding a further 4 MWp per site by October 2017. The project will end with the presentation of the results in January 2019.
The research project will examine the effect on solar efficiency when installed at an HPP.