May 22 (Renewables Now) - Brazilian power sector watchdog Aneel has given the green light to the start of commercial operations at a 50-MW solar plant owned by a local unit of Italian firm Enel Green Power SpA (BIT:EGPW).
Located in the city of Sao Goncalo do Gurgueia, Piaui state, the UFV Sao Goncalo 4 photovoltaic (PV) facility is part of the 608-MW Sao Goncalo solar complex. Enel put into operation a 475-MW section of the Sao Goncalo complex earlier this year. Of the operational capacity, 265 MW is supported by 20-year power supply agreements (PPAs) with various companies, the Italian giant previously said.
When fully online, the PV complex is expected to generate some 1,500 GWh per year and be able to avoid over 860,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.
Sao Goncalo is considered to be South America’s largest solar PV facility as well as Enel’s first plant in the country to use bifacial solar modules, the firm noted.