March 20 (Renewables Now) - Brazilian power producer Sol do Sertao has plans to build 474 MW of solar farms in the state of Bahia.
The company has signed an agreement with the state's Secretariat for Economic Development (SDE) that outlines the project.
According to the local government, the company will invest BRL 810 million (USD 160.4m/EUR 149.9m) in the development of six photovoltaic (PV) parks. In all, Sol do Sertao will implement three solar complexes consisting of eight parks, the statement says.
Sol do Sertao expects to commence civil works before the month is over, creating 1,200 jobs during the construction process. The solar parks are expected to start commercial operation in stages between March and July 2021, Sol do Sertao's deployment director, Gilberto Peixoto, stated.
The company has also been developing a wind project in Bahia's Xique Xique region and expects to begin construction in 2021, Peixoto added.
(BRL 1 = USD 0.198/EUR 0.185)