Pernambuco, Enel Green switch on 91-MW wind-solar complex
Solar system. Author: Mike Weber. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic
Brazil's Pernambuco state government and Italian renewables developer Enel Green Power SpA (BIT:EGPW) on Friday celebrated the start of operations at a 91-MW solar-wind hybrid complex, the first in Brazil.
The Complexo Fontes, as it is called, has two photovoltaic (PV) plants named Fontes Solar I and II, with a installed capacity of 11 MW, making it the largest PV park in operation in the country. The wind power comes from the 80-MW Fontes dos Ventos wind farm. The park was the first investment in wind power Enel made in Brazil, noted the government press release.
Together, these plants are able to generate 340 GWh per year, enough to power 250,000 homes. Their output is sold under contracts won in energy auctions. The total investment in the complex was about BRL 660 million (USD 164.7m/EUR 147.3m).
The hybrid model proves feasible in 60% of Pernambuco territory, according the state wind and solar Atlas, that mapped a potential of 762 GW.