Sungrow has announced that, following agreement and recent issuing of an NTP (“Notice To Proceed” or “Service Order”) with Focus Energia, an integrated energy business platform, the company will supply inverters and MV stations for the implementation of the first phase of the Futura Project, an 852 MWp solar park that will soon be one of the largest in operation in Latin America.
Approximately two thousand hectares will be dedicated to the implementation of the 22 parks in the first phase of the Project (“Projeto Futura I”), with 38.73 MWp each. The designated area is about 40 km from the urban center of Juazeiro, in the north of the State of Bahia. Upon completion, its total capacity will be approximately 852 MWp, with an estimated investment of more than 2.2 billion Reais. In addition to the commissioning and start-up service, Sungrow plans to supply more than 100 of its MVS6300-LV transformation stations and over 3,000 SG250HX inverters. The Futura I Project will be the largest photovoltaic plant under construction in Latin America, with bifacial modules, trackers, and string inverters.
During the process of technical analysis of Sungrow’s solution with Focus, it was clear that certain factors were decisive in securing the contract, such as the company’s high performing inverters, the flexibility of reactive energy production both during the day and at night, the reduction of capacitor banks needed to meet the requirements of the study of connection to the concessionaire network, and the fact that the SG250HX is compatible with bifacial modules of 600 Wp.
Another fundamental differential was the high performance and low losses in transformation of energy in the MV station. In practice, the MV station gathers RMU, transformers and the low voltage three-phase panels of 800Vac and 3200A, according to NBR IEC 61439-1. The transformers supplied by Sungrow have a high efficiency, especially compared to those normally sold in the Brazilian market, offering a higher yield of at least 0.2%, due to the manufacturing processes and low equipment losses. All of this translates into greater efficiency and the possibility to optimize the overall investment in the project.
According to Rafael Ribeiro, Sungrow’s Country Manager for Brazil, the company sees the importance of the Futura Project to the country and he highlighted its social and economic impact on the city of Juazeiro. “Supporting Focus in a project like this is a great responsibility and accomplishment for our team. It is estimated that more than eight thousand direct and indirect jobs will be generated in the region,” he said.
The installation work is scheduled to start in April of this year and the plant’s commercial operation is scheduled to commence in the first half of 2022.