August 31 (SeeNews) - Italy's Enel Green Power SpA (BIT:EGPW) said Monday it has connected to the grid its first 11 MW of solar plants in Brazil which make up the first local hybrid complex along with the company's Fontes dos Ventos wind farm.
Fontes Solar I and II were built in the northeastern state of Pernambuco to produce over 17 GWh a year, supported by a 20-year power purchase agreement from the state's solar power auction in December 2013. The combination of solar and wind power will ensure more stable energy production and reduce the effects of variability in weather conditions, the company said.
The combined production with the operating 80-MW Fontes dos Ventos wind farm is estimated at 340 GWh a year, equivalent to the annual consumption of 170,000 homes in the country.
The solar plants increase the company's total installed capacity in Brazil to 388 MW, which consists mainly of wind farms, as well as small hydro plants. However, Enel Green Power has become the largest player in the local solar industry by winning 254 MW in November 2014 and an additional 553 MW at the auction last week.