- The expansion of the already operational wind farm, located in the state of Bahia, is expected to start operation in 2019 and, once fully operational, will be able to generate over 160 GWh annually
- Enel will be investing over 40 million US dollars in the construction of the wind project
Rome - Rio de Janeiro, October 11th, 2018 – The Enel Group’s Brazilian renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participações Ltda. ("EGPB") has started construction of the 29.4 MW expansion of the already operational 180 MW Delfina wind farm, which is located in the north-eastern state of Bahia and is currently the company’s largest wind facility in the country. EGPB will be investing over 40 million US dollars in the construction of the project.
“With the expansion of Delfina, we further strengthen our leadership in Brazil’s renewable sector where we are the largest wind and solar operator in terms of installed capacity and project portfolio,” said Antonio Scala, Head of South America at Enel Green Power. “We are committed to helping the country diversify its generation mix, while also leading sustainable development initiatives to address the needs of our local stakeholders. Through this project, we are continuing to increase our presence in the high-potential Brazilian market by further tapping into Bahia’s wealth of renewable resources.”
The expansion of the Delfina wind farm, located in the municipality of Campo Formoso, is expected to start operation in 2019, four years ahead of the deadline set by the rules of the 2017 A-6 public tender organised by the Brazilian federal government via the country’s energy regulator ANEEL, which awarded the project to EGPB together with the 510 MW Lagoa dos Ventos (Piauí) and 78 MW Morro do Chapéu II (Bahia) wind projects. Once completed, the 29.4 MW expansion will be able to generate over 160 GWh per year, avoiding the annual emission of over 80,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
From 2019 to 2022, the energy generated from the expansion will be sold on the free market. As of 2023, the wind plant will be supported by 20-year power supply contracts, which provide for the sale of specified volumes of energy generated by the plant to a pool of distribution companies operating in the Brazilian regulated market.
The already operational 180 MW section of the Delfina wind farm, which entered into service last year, is capable of generating more than 800 GWh annually and is currently Enel’s largest wind farm in Brazil in terms of installed capacity and annual energy production.
In line with the Creating Shared Value (CSV) model adopted by the Enel Group, which aims to combine business development and local community needs, EGPB has established a set of initiatives in the areas neighbouring the Delfina wind farm, such as pioneering programmes for the preservation of two local endangered species, the blue Lear’s macaw and the Caatinga biome cougar.
In Brazil, the Enel Group, through its subsidiaries EGPB and Enel Brasil, has a total installed renewable capacity of more than 2.9 GW, of which 842 MW from wind power, 819 MW from solar PV and 1,270 MW from hydro. In addition, EGPB has more than 1 GW in execution in Brazil awarded in 2017 tenders.
Enel Green Power, the Renewable Energy business line of Enel Group, is dedicated to the development and operation of renewables across the world, 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 about 43 GW across a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies into renewable power plants.
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