Enel commences construction of 1.3-GW renewables portfolio in Brazil

The Brazilian green power unit of Italian energy major Enel SpA said on Monday it has initiated construction works on 1.3 GW of renewable energy plants in the Northeastern region of Brazil.

Enel Green Power Brasil Participacoes Ltda (EGPB) is building four wind farms and one solar plant at a total cost of about BRL 5.6 billion (USD 1bn/EUR 901m).

When operational, the five new parks will be able to produce over 5.5 TWh of clean energy per year, offsetting around 3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually. They will be selling power under contracts with corporate customers in the Brazilian free energy market.

The new additions will also increase the capacities of the Lagoa dos Ventos wind power facility, Enel’s largest worldwide, and the Sao Goncalo solar complex, South America’s biggest, to 1.1 GW and 864 MW, respectively.

Enel has around 3.4 GW of installed renewable energy capacity in Brazil, including 1,210 MW from wind farms and 979 MW from solar photovoltaic (PV) plants.