The Chinese group — which manufactures PV modules, energy storage systems and electric vehicles — expects the Guaimbe installation to provide electricity to roughly 60,000 homes upon completion. The project was awarded in a 2014 reserve energy auction by Brazilian power regulator Aneel to Cobra, a unit of Madrid-based civil engineering specialist ACS Group.
BYD expects to finish delivering the PV modules by the end of this year, according to an online statement. “Brazil ranks amongst the countries with the largest solar generation potential in the world,” said Tyler Li, president of BYD Brazil. “Together with our broad range of electric vehicles — with electric taxis and buses already circulating in Brazilian cities — we are effectively building a zero emission energy ecosystem.”
The Shenzhen-based company opened a PV module plant in the city of Campinas, Sao Paulo, earlier this year. It invested roughly 150 million Brazilian real ($47.7 million) in the production facility, which will eventually be ramped up to an annual production capacity of 200 MW. And in April, it announced plans to open a solar-focused R&D centre at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, with an initial investment of 5 million Brazilian real.
The company, which is listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges, plans to start selling locally manufactured PV modules in Brazil in 2018, for use in distributed-generation solar projects. It will also begin supplying its first large-scale lithium-ion phosphate battery storage systems in the country next year.
”It will be a revolution in small and medium projects throughout the country,” Li claimed. “We are also aiming at becoming leaders in this segment in Brazil.”
At Intersolar South America this week, BYD exhibited its P6K36 and P6D36 double-glass solar panels. The company — which is the world’s biggest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries — also showcased its MINI ES battery storage system. The platform can be used with grid-connected and off-grid solar projects and can be monitored by smartphone.