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Expansion of Brazil’s Tauá project is underway thanks to a continued partnership between MPX, E.ON and GE Energy. GE will supply all the equipment and PV technology systems for the plant’s expansion, including the delivery of more than 8,000 solar panels. Upon completion, Tauá will have nearly 13,000 solar panels helping to produce energy.
The companies hope that construction will begin during the second half of this year with operation of Tauá expected for 2013. The Tauá Solar Plant is the first solar energy generation venture, on a commercial scale, in Brazil. It was inaugurated in August 2011 and connected to the Interligated National System. The plant currently has a 1MW capacity.
“Through the partnership created by MPX and E.ON, we want to continue developing solar energy in Brazil and this association with GE is going to impulse our venture. We have 1MW in operation, 4MW licensed and have requested the environmental agency the licensing of [another] 45 MW,” says Bruno Chevalier, co-managing director of the joint venture.