Enel gets approval for 60 MW PV plant in Brazil

Brazil’s energy regulator Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica (Aneel) has approved a 60 MW solar project that Enel Green Power (EGP), the renewable energy subsidiary of Italian power utility Enel, is developing in the Brazilian state of Bahia.

The approved project consists of two 30 MW plants, named Bom Jesus da Lapa I and II respectively, according to a document published in Brazil’s official journal. The projects were selected in a solar energy auction held by the Brazilian energy agency EPE in August 2015, in which the Italian company secured contracts to deploy 553 MW of PV capacity.

According to Enel, its local susbidiaries Enel Green Power Brasil and Enel Brasil have an installed renewable energy generation capacity of 1,306 MW in Brasil. Of this capacity, 401 MW comes from wind power plants, while solar has a share of only 12 MW. Hydropower plants still accounts for the majority of this capacity with over 893 MW. Enel also has currently 442 MW of further wind projects and 807 MW of PV installations under development in Brazil, including the two PV plants recently approved by Aneel.

By María Sarado