Voltalia, Telefonica expand Brazilian solar PPA to 87 MW

The Castellet solar park. Photo by: Voltalia (www.voltalia.com).

December 16 (Renewables Now) - France’s Voltalia SA (EPA:VLTSA) will increase the capacity of a proposed solar photovoltaic (PV) complex in Brazil to 87 MW after the power offtake deal for the project was extended by client Telefonica SA (BME:TEF).

The French renewable power producer said on Thursday that the Spanish telecoms group has added 27 MW of capacity to its initial 60-MW power purchase agreement (PPA) to serve its Vivo cell phone network in Brazil. The contract was signed in December 2020 for a period of 20 years.

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Voltalia’s subsidiary Helexia this summer started building 17 solar plants in the Rondonia, Mato Grosso do Sul and Parana states to serve Telefonica. The upgraded deal will see it install eight more PV units in Amazonas, Tocantins, Sao Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul to cover the needs of Vivo's local facilities.

While the first batch of projects are scheduled for commissioning in the first half of next year, the eight additional facilities are planned to go online in the second half of 2022.

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