Dec 30, 2014 - Italy's Enel Green Power (BIT:EGPW) said today it has hooked to the grid the 80-MW Fontes dos Ventos wind farm in Brazil, which will soon be joined by 11 MW of solar capacity at the same site.
The wind park has 34 turbines, estimated to produce 320 million kWh annually. The output will be sold both on the free and the regulated market. Enel Green got a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) for the farm in a public tender in 2011.
Fontes dos Ventos, the company’s first wind project in Pernambuco state, required an investment of around EUR 180 million (USD 219m). A portion of the funds came from the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC).
As for the solar power systems at the wind farm site, Enel said their construction would commence in January 2015. Once operational, the solar capacity will add more than 17 million kWh to the wind turbine output.
At the end of September, the Italian company had some 9,500 MW of installed wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal and biomass power generation capacity. Earlier this week it said it has concluded the construction and grid connection of the 60-MW Lalackama and 40-MW Chanares solar power plants and reached full capacity at the 36-MW Diego de Almagro photovoltaic (PV) park in Chile.
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