Originally published on CleanTechies.
Installation of solar trackers on what will soon become the largest operational solar power project in South America has begun.
Soltec, a Spanish manufacturer of single-axis trackers, has started installing trackers at the Piaui power plant owned by Enel Green Power Brasil Participações. The 292 megawatt solar project was secured by the subsidiary of Enel through competitive auction.
This is the second large-scale solar power tracker installation undertaken by Soltec in Brazil. After completion of this project Soltec will have installed trackers at 450 megawatts of projects in the South American country.
Enel started construction of the Piaui solar power project last year. The project is expected to require a total investment of $300 million and generate more than 600 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually. The project is expected to be operational by the second half of this year.
Enel already operates an 11 megawatt solar power project in Brazil and is also working on a 254 megawatt project. Together, these three projects will have a combined installed capacity of more than 550 megawatts. Enel has entered long-term agreements for sale of electricity from all these projects.
At present, the largest solar power project operational in South America belongs of Acciona Energia in Chile with an installed capacity of 246 megawatts.
Reprinted with permission.