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Enel begins operations at 180MW Brazilian wind farm

CTBR Staff Writer Published 31 August 2017

Italian energy company Enel’s Brazilian subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participações (EGPB) has started operations of its 180MW Delfina wind farm in the country.

The company has invested $400m for the construction of the wind farm, which is located in the municipality of Campo Formoso, in the country’s north-eastern state of Bahia.

It is expected that the wind farm can generate about 800GWh of clean electricity, which is enough to be supplied about 390,000 Brazilian households.

The wind farm will also avoid about 490,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from entering into the atmosphere. 

In order to supply the electricity generated from the wind farm, the company has also constructed about 90km of transmission line to connect it to the nearest local energy distribution substation in the city of Juazeiro.

Enel Brazil country manager Carlo Zorzoli said: “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.

“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”.

The $400m of investment from Enel includes its own sources as well as from a loan provided by the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES).

Presently in the state of Bahia, Enel’s subsidiary EGPB operates a total of 891MW of wind and solar plants and is building an additional 420MW of projects in these two renewable technologies.

In Brazil, Enel Group has a total installed capacity of 1.8GW, out of which 670MW is wind power, 279MW is solar PV and 890MW is hydropower. Apart from this, there is close to 720MW of capacity under construction which includes 172MW of wind and 541MW of solar.

Image: Enel starts operations of 180MW wind farm in Brazil. Photo: Courtesy of Jim Frech/FreeImages.com.