Enel starts operations of Delfina wind farm in Brazil

Published on Wednesday, 30 August 2017

In August 30th, Enel Green Power started operations of Delfina wind farm, which has a total installed capacity of 180 MW. The facility, located in the municipality of Campo Formoso, in Brazil’s north-eastern state of Bahia, is Enel’s largest wind farm in Brazil in terms of installed capacity and annual energy production.

“The entry into service of Delfina, which is Enel’s largest wind farm in Brazil, is a testament to our team’s ability to quickly and efficiently build and commission our projects, making Brazil a leading contributor to the Group’s growth in renewables”

– Carlo Zorzoli, Enel’s Country Manager in Brazil

Delfina is capable of generating more than 800 GWh per year, enough to meet the annual energy consumption needs of 390,000 Brazilian households while avoiding the emission of more than 490,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.

“Delfina’s start of operation reinforces our commitment to Brazil’s growing renewable energy sector, and thanks to the sustainable initiatives we are implementing in the areas surrounding the plant, we are contributing to local biodiversity and to the development of neighbouring communities”

– Carlo Zorzoli

In line with the Creating Shared Value (CSV) which aims to combine business development and local community needs, the Group has established a set of initiatives in the areas neighboring Delfina plant, such as pioneering programmes for the preservation of two local endangered species, the blue Lear’s macaw and the Caatinga biome cougar. In collaboration with local associations, EGP also offered qualification courses to local communities, such as entrepreneurship courses as well as carpentry and electrician training, to enable income generation.

Furthermore, the company built about 90 kilometers of transmission line to connect the wind farm to the nearest local energy distribution substation in the city of Juazeiro. The Group invested approximately 400 million US dollars in the construction of Delfina, which comes as part of the investments outlined in the company’s current strategic plan.

Only in the state of Bahia, Enel Green Power currently operates a total of 891 MW of wind and solar capacity and is building an additional 420 MW of projects in these two renewable technologies.

Global operations

With a presence in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania, Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector with a managed capacity of 38 GW across a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies like storage systems into renewable power plants.