January 14 (Renewables Now) - Italian energy giant Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) has put into operation the 475-MW section of the Sao Goncalo solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Brazil.
The particular section required BRL 1.4 billion (USD 338.8m/EUR 304.1m) in investments from Enel Green Power Brasil Participacoes Ltda (EGPB), the company said on Monday.
Located in the northeastern state of Piaui, the PV facility is expected to generate around 1,200 GWh annually, enough to offset approximately 600,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions each year.
Secured during the 2017 A-4 public tender, Sao Goncalo is South America’s largest solar PV facility. It is also Enel’s first plant in the country to use bifacial solar modules.
The solar park has 265 MW supported by 20-year power supply agreements (PPAs) with various companies. The remaining 210 MW of capacity is expected to sell power in the free market.
In August, Enel broke ground on Sao Goncalo's 133-MW extension. Once this addition is operational, expected this year, the 608-MW plant will be capable of generating more than 1,500 GWh annually.
Earlier this week, Enel announced it has closed 2019 with some 3,029 MW of new capacity built globally, thus setting a new annual record.
(BRL 1 = USD 0.242/EUR 0.217)