Soltec’s bifacial trackers to power Enel’s 475MW plant in Brazil

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email
Soltec told Spanish press its Brazilian pipeline has grown to 2.145GW since entering the market in 2015 (Credit: Soltec)

Bifacial technology is to be incorporated to what has been described as South America’s largest PV project under construction.

Spain-headquartered Soltec will roll out its SF7 bifacial trackers at Enel’s 475MW São Gonçalo project, according to an agreement between both firms.

The scheme in São Gonçalo do Gurguéia – in the northeastern state of Piauí – broke ground last October, when it was billed as South America’s top PV project under construction.

At the time, Enel said it would invest BRL1.4 billion (US$390 million, based on last October’s rates) in the plant, designed to produce more than 1,200GWh of electricity every year.

At 388MW of the total 475MW, most of the plant’s supply is contracted to a pool of distribution firms, via 20-year PPAs Enel won at Brazil’s renewable auction of December 2017.

The remaining 87MW, Enel explained last October, will be provided on a free-market basis.

Soltec’s largest Brazilian deal to date

Héctor Sánchez, Soltec’s sales manager for Brazil, told the Spanish press São Gonçalo marks the firm’s largest deal to date in Brazil.  

“We have been working on projects since 2015 and, as of today, we have projects for more than 2,145GW,” Sánchez added.

The SF7 milestones in Brazil emerge after Soltec was chosen last February to install the technology at Israel’s first bifacial utility-scale project.

With headquarters in Molina de Segura, southern Spain, the firm secured last year credits of €100 million (around US$113 million, based on current rates) it said it would dedicate to projects in Brazil, Egypt and Spain.

The news around the 475MW São Gonçalo project adds to the bullish mood music in Brazilian PV, which has seen sharp growth in recent times and is now gearing up for up to six auctions until 2021.

For Enel, the progress with the Piauí scheme follows its BRL2.9 billion (US$776 million) sale to China's CGNEI this January of a 540MW renewable portfolio, including 292MW Nova Olinda and 158MW Lapa. 

Read Next

May 13, 2021
The solar module manufacturing subsidiary of Italian utility Enel is aiming to scale up annual production capacity to 3GW in the second half of 2023, the company has confirmed.
May 13, 2021
Spanish tracker manufacturer Soltec saw its revenue and earnings tumble in the first quarter of the year, citing delays in PV project development due to higher raw material costs that have led to increased module prices.
May 11, 2021
Europe’s solar technology specialists may need up to €7 billion (US$8.51 billion) in capital investment in order to scale up domestic manufacturing to be globally competitive, according to a panel of industry leaders.
May 7, 2021
Latin America-focused solar developer Atlas Renewable Energy has obtained a US$150 million loan to finance the construction of its 359MWp Lar do Sol - Casablanca PV project in Brazil.
April 29, 2021
French utility Engie has doubled its renewables deployment targets in Chile as part of plans to end its coal-fired generation activities in the country by 2025.
April 23, 2021
Solar services provider Greencells has formed a joint venture with Italian developer Renewable Consulting to develop a 350MWp solar project portfolio in Pugila.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinars
May 26, 2021
Session 1 - 7:00 AM (BST) | Session 2 - 5:00 PM (BST)
Solar Media Events
June 15, 2021
Solar Media Events
July 6, 2021
Solar Media Events
August 24, 2021