SoWiTec has been awarded 20 year renewable energy supply contracts for three wind and one solar photovoltaic project for an overall capacity of 102 MW within the latest energy auctions, held in December in Brazil.
Through the national A-5 New Energy auction, carried out on December 13th, SoWiTec has been awarded the right to enter into 20-year energy supply contracts with the Brazilian Chamber of Commercialization of Electric Energy (CCEE) with power produced by the three wind projects with a combined capacity of 72 MW.
The projects Ventos da Bahia II, Ventos da Bahia IV and Ventos da Bahia VIII are located in the municipality of Mulungu do Morro, in the state of Bahia, in north-eastern Brazil. Once completed, the projects will be able to generate more than 300 GWh per year, a sustainable contribution to the rising energy demand of the country. The three wind projects have an average capacity factor of more than 50%, equivalent to approximately 4.700 hours of energy production per year. The wind turbines are expected to start operation latest by January, 1st, 2018, they are part of an 800 MW wind farm cluster, which SoWiTec is developing in the region.
In the Pernambuco Photovoltaic Auction, held on December, 27th, SoWiTec won the single largest project, São Francisco, at 30 MW. The plant will be located in the municipality of Santa Maria da Boa Vista in the state of Pernambuco, about 600 km to the west of the capital Recife. Once operational, the solar project will be able to generate up to 50 GWh per year, thereby avoiding the emission of more than 14 thousand tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.
In Brazil´s first solar-only energy auction only six projects were awarded with a total capacity of 123 MWp at an average price of 229 R$ per MWh. All projects are to come online between July 1st 2015 and December 2016.