Canadian Solar, EDF EN start Brazil’s solar plants

Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar power companies, and renewable firm EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) announced Wednesday the commissioning of 284 megawatts (MW) of solar power generation in Brazil, Kallanish Energy learns.

The partners of the Pirapora project, which includes three solar farms with a combined 399 MW of capacity, launched two of the three solar farms this month. The Pirapora I project features 191.5 MW of capacity, and the Pirapora II some 92.5 MW of capacity.

The farms are in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais and have a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) in place, awarded in auctions in 2014 and 2015. The Pirapora II project is currently under construction and should reach commercial operation in mid-2018.

Canadian Solar CEO Shawn Qu was pleased to announce the commissionings, which are the first solar projects the company has connected to the Brazilian grid.

“We see strong potential in the solar energy market in Brazil and will continue to grow our project pipeline in the country to meet the local demand for clean and affordable solar energy,” he added.

The firm, which has manufacturing plants in Canada, China and Brazil, is looking forward to continuing to pursue more opportunities both in Brazil and abroad with EDF EN, Qu said.

EDF EN purchased 80% stakes in each of the Pirapora projects from Canadian Solar.