January 17 (Renewables Now) - The Brazilian Federal University of Parana, or UFPR, has switched on a 1,165.6-kWp carport photovoltaic (PV) array in its Polytechnic Campus.
According to local media reports, the solar plant required BRL 5 million (USD 1.2m/EUR 1m) in investments. Its output is equivalent to the power needed to supply 722 homes.
Built by Alexandria Group, the installation is considered to be the largest of its kind in the country. Consisting of 72 carports made up of 2,914 solar modules, the PV system should be able to generate approximately 1,299.71 MWh per year and be capable of offsetting 96.18 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.
The new system will allow the university to save up to BRL 1.5 million per year on its electricity bill, which equals 50% of the current consumption.
The project was realised as part of power sector regulator Aneel's Energy Efficiency Programme, in partnership with the Federal University of Parana (FUNPAR).
(BRL 1 = USD 0.238/EUR 0.214)