Enel on the march in Brazil
172MW Morro do Chapéu Sul wind complex comes online in Bahia
Enel Green Power Brasil Participações has started commercial operations at the 172MW Morro do Chapéu Sul wind complex in the north-east Brazilian state of Bahia.
Morro do Chapéu Sul is comprised of six wind farms: the 30MW each Boa Vista and Ventos de São Mário projects; and the 28MW each Ventos de Santa Esperança, Ventos de Santa Dulce, Ventos de São Paulo and Ventos de São Abraão plants.
Overall, the $380m complex, which is located in the municipalities of Morro do Chapéu and Cafarnaum, will generate 830 gigawatt hours of electricity a year.
Ventos de São Abraão and Boa Vista will sell power on the free market in Brazil, while the remaining four wind farms will supply electricity under 20-year contracts to a pool of Brazilian electricity distribution companies.
Enel Green Power head Antonio Cammisecra said: “The start of operations of Morro do Chapéu marks a new, important milestone in the consolidation of our wind footprint in Brazil.”
The company has also been awarded the rights to build a further 600MW of wind power in Brazil, including a 78MW extension to Morro do Chapéu Sul.
Enel has almost 2.8GW of renewable capacity in Brazil. Some 842MW is wind power, solar accounts for 716MW and hydro 1.27GW. A further 103MW of solar power is under construction, the company said.