December 5 (Renewables Now) - French renewable power plants operator Voltalia SA (EPA:VLTSA) on Monday announced the commissioning of its first solar power plant in Brazil.
The 4 MW Oiapoque power plant was gradually commissioned since the end of October, Voltalia said in a news release. It joins the 12 MW thermal unit, which has been operating since December 2015. The energy generation complex will be later expanded with a 7.5 hydro power plant at Salto Cafesoca, on the Oiapoque river, whose completion is expected in 2021.
The production of the recently commissioned solar plant will optimise the existing infrastructure and operating costs of the thermal plant by reducing the use of diesel fuel for electricity generation. Solar-generated electricity will be sold under the terms of its 15-year electricity sales contract for the thermal plant which enjoys a fixed tariff, indexed on inflation by 2020.
In 2014, Voltalia won a tender to supply electriccity for the isolated site of Oiapoque, a city of 24,000 inhabitants not connected to the national electricity grid.