Brazil: 162 MW PV project to come online in Q4 2018

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Spanish EPC company, Prodiel has been taken on to construct the 162.25 MW Apodi PV plant. Work is set to last for 11 months, with commercial operation slated for Q4 2018.

The plant, located in the city of Quixeré, in the state of Ceará, will comprise around 500,000 solar panels across an area of 414 hectares. When complete, it is expected to generate approximately 317,844 MWh/year.

Over $215 million has been invested in the project, which was awarded to the Norwegian joint venture Scatec Solar and Statoil of Norway, by ANEEL, Brazil’s National Electric Energy Agency, under an auction in November 2015.

This November, Spanish single-axis solar tracker manufacturer, Soltec announced it will supply 5,368 units of its SF7 tracker to the project.

Last week, Brazil’s Ministry of Energy and Mines (MME) announced it will hold a new auction for thermoelectric, wind, solar and hydro large-scale power projects on April 4, 2018.

The new A-4 auction is expected to allocate around 1 GW of PV capacity.