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Just six months have passed since the start of the project and works on Brazil’s largest solar PV installation are already well advanced, exceeding all expectations. Enerray is in charge of the EPC and O&M for this solar PV plant, located in the city of Ituverava and works are moving apace with 31.893 poles already installed and a further 133,280 to do.

Enerray plans to complete the plant in seven months, an outstanding goal and a success for this Maccaderri Group company. Evidence of the progress has also been demonstrated by the fact that the first panels of its tracker structure were mounted on 23 June. The whole project involves a crew of 423 workers.

The 254 MWp solar PV plant, one of the largest in the world, is located in the State of Bahia, in north-eastern Brazil. With an estimated annual energy production of some 500 GWh, construction will be completed by 2017. The photovoltaic panels will feature single-axis trackers to allow the modules to change position during the day depending on the angle of the sun to maximise output.

This is the largest solar power plant in the country: Enerray, an entity 100% controlled by Seci Energia (Gruppo Industriale Maccaferri), through Enerray Usinas Fotovoltaicas, successfully won the Enel Green Power tender to construct this solar PV plant.

In addition to Ituverava, Enerray is going to undertake another project of more than 100 MWp, a sign of its clear commitment to the development of clean energy.


Source: Enerray 

Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, has received a new order1 for the supply of 65 of its G114-2.1 MW turbines at the Babilonia wind complex being developed in the town of Morro do Chapéu, in Bahia state.

Under the terms of the agreement, Gamesa will transport, install and commission the 65 turbines (136.5 MW). Delivery of the wind turbines is scheduled to begin at the end of 2017, while the facility is slated for commissioning during the second half of 2018. In addition, Gamesa will maintain these turbines for the first five years.

Gamesa’s G114-2.1 MW turbine is designed to yield more power at lower cost at low and medium wind speed sites, which is why it is particularly suitable for the low-turbulence wind conditions encountered in Brazil. The Brazilian orderbook for this turbine is already approaching the 1-GW mark.

This new order evidences the company’s solid positioning in Brazil, an important market in which the company has entrenched itself as the number two OEM. According to MAKE Consultancy, Gamesa tripled its presence in this market in 2015, increasing its market share from 10% in 2014 to 29%.

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The orders are the first Vestas has announced in Brazil in 2016 and consist of six wind farms.

Vestas will supply 86 units of V110-2.0 MW turbines for projects totalling 172 MW located in the state of Bahía in northeastern Brazil. The contracts comprise supply and installation of the wind turbines in compliance with the local content requirements set by the BNDES. Turbine delivery is planned for the second quarter of 2017, whilst commissioning is expected in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Marco Graziano, President of Vestas Mediterranean says that “Today’s orders cover six different sites across Bahía and is a great example of how well-suited the V110-2.0 MW is for Brazil, its wind conditions and geographical span. Brazil was Vestas’ fifth largest market for order intake in 2015, and we have a strategic ambition to grow further there. With our increased presence, order intake and BNDES-accreditation, we are on the right track”.

Vestas has been present in Brazil since 2000 and announced 376 MW in firm orders in 2015. In addition to the sales office in Sao Paulo, Vestas has recently inaugurated a hub and nacelle production facility in Aquiraz (Ceará) as well established a successful partnership for producing blades and generators locally.

Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order in the USA for 100 V110-2.0 MW turbines, totalling 200 MW. The contract includes supply and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a five-year customised Active Output Management service agreement. Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to begin in fourth quarter of 2016, with commissioning expected in first quarter of 2017.


Enerray, a company 100% controlled by Seci Energia (Maccaferri Industrial Group) through Enerray Usinas Fotovoltaicas, has won the Enel Green Power bid related to the construction of a new solar farm situated in the region of Ituverava, Brazil.

Construction of the solar farm, which is located in the State of Bahia in Brazil’s northeast, began in December 2015 and will have a total installed capacity of 254 MWp. Its estimated annual energy production will be around 500 GWh and the plant is scheduled to enter into operation by the end of 2017. The solar farm is expected to integrate single-axis trackers that allow the photovoltaic modules to vary their orientation during the day, depending on the position of the sun. This is the largest solar power plant to be built by Enel Green Power and will undoubtedly help meet Brazil’s fast-growing electricity demand. According to latest data, construction in this country is expected to grow at an average rate of 4% per annum up to 2020.

We believe that Brazil, a country in which our Group has been undertaking industrial activities for over 50 years, represents a great opportunity in the near future: in fact, it is market that offers considerable growth perspectives in both the medium- and long-term. Enerray aims to become a benchmark leader in Brazil’s renewable sector. Starting to build up the country’s largest solar farm is an achievement that makes us very proud and shows how important Brazil is for us”, commented Michele Scandellari, Enerray’s CEO.

Complejo eólico de Casa dos Ventos en Caetés. Foto cortesía Casa dos Ventos/Casa dos Ventos wind farm complexes at Caetés. Photo courtesy of Casa dos Ventos

Cubico Sustainable Investments (Cubico) has announced the opening of an office in São Paulo and the acquisition of two wind farm complexes from Casa dos Ventos, in a transaction done late last year and considered to be the largest one involving wind farms in operation in Brazil in 2015. This is the first investment by Cubico in Brazil and includes the Caetés plant (182 MW) in Pernambuco state, and the Ventos do Araripe I plant (210 MW), in Piauí state. The investment, including assets and debt taken on, is approximately R$2 billion (base date 31/12/2015), which now belong to and are administered by Cubico. The transaction has been approved by Brazil’s antitrust body, CADE.

Founded in May 2015 and headquartered in London, Cubico is an investor and manager of long-term global assets in renewable energy and water investments, belonging to three investors: Banco Santander SA; the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP); and Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). With the completion of the transaction to acquire two wind farm complexes from Casa dos Ventos, Cubico adds 392 MW to its portfolio in Brazil which, added to the existing 223 MW (transferred from Santander’s former global portfolio of renewable energy assets), means the company has 615 MW of operating wind assets in Brazil and makes it the third-largest player in the wind energy sector in the country, according to the industry body ABEEólica.

According to Ricardo Díaz, Head of the Americas at Cubico, the investment demonstrates Cubico and its shareholders’ commitment to Brazil, to Latin America and to the renewable power generation sector in the region. “We will further analyse opportunities in Brazil and elsewhere on its own merits. Besides Brazil, Cubico is currently focusing its origination efforts in Latin America on
investments in Mexico, Uruguay, Peru, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica,” says Díaz.

Eduardo Klepacz, Head of the Brazil division at Cubico, adds: “The transaction positions Cubico as an investor that is committed to Brazil. We are able to capitalize on opportunities due to our long-term strategy that allows us to maintain and manage assets for a period of between 20 and 40 years. We believe in the renewable energy generation sector in Brazil and with the new office in São Paulo we are pursuing investment opportunities not only in the country, but also in other regions of Latin America, such as Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, Panama and Costa Rica.”

To move forward with its growth plan, Cubico counts on an experienced management team in the Latin American market. Besides Brazil, the company currently operates six other plants in Latin America, in countries like Mexico, where it holds five wind farms in development with 799 MW capacity and Uruguay, where it has a wind farm with a total capacity of 50 MW.

Exosun, major provider of solar tracking technologies and associated engineering support services for utility-scale ground-mounted solar plants, is proud to announce the expansion of its international presence by establishing a subsidiary in Brazil. Exosun Brazil, based in Salvador (Bahia), is a joint venture between Exosun SAS and Ecoluz Part. SA, a Brazilian group, leader in energy services. The two companies teamed up to offer their clients, international and local EPCs and IPPs, the fastest and most efficient global solutions to maximize solar PV plants returns. Exosun contributes its know-how in solar tracking and Ecoluz its 27 years of expertise in energy engineering services in Brazil, as well as its local experience in PV plants.

Exosun Brazil will commercialize and supply solar tracking systems, along with engineering support services covering the complete life cycle of a solar plant, from the project design phase up to tracker installation, commissioning, and O&M.

As a fabless company, Exosun also brings its unique ability to transfer its tracker technology to qualified local component manufacturing companies, in order to always deliver on-time with the shortest and most efficient supply chain. Exosun has developed partnerships with Brazilian manufacturers to ensure local high quality production of at least 80% of its tracker value, in full alignment with Brazilian local content expectations. As a result, Exosun Brazil’s customers will be able to benefit from advantageous financing programs set up for the solar industry by the BNDES (Brazilian National Development Bank), including the FINAME.

With this local establishment in collaboration with an experienced Brazilian solar energy specialist, Exosun is now ready to serve the booming Brazilian market which kicked off last year with a first national call for tenders for utility-scale PV projects, totaling 889 MW, followed by a second round of 839 MW in August 2015, and a third before the end of the year.

Gamesa has signed its first contract with Votorantim Energia, this Brazilian group’s energy arm, for the supply, transportation, installation and commissioning of 98 G114-2.0 MW wind turbines at seven wind farms located in the state of Piauí, in eastern Brazil. These turbines will be equipped with Gamesa’s MaxPower technology, which increases their nominal capacity from 2.0 MW to 2.1 MW, thereby boosting output from 196 MW to 205.8 MW.

In addition, Gamesa will maintain this seven wind farms for the next five years. The wind turbines are slated for delivery in 2017 ahead of the facility’s scheduled commissioning at the end of the year.

This new order further endorses the success of the company’s new wind turbine, the G114-2.0 MW, in this market: this turbine, nearly 500 MW of which has already been installed in Brazil, is designed to harness more energy at a lower cost at low and medium wind speed sites, making it particularly suited to the country’s low turbulent winds.

Rio de Janeiro has hosted one of the largest wind power events in Latin America that from 1 to 3 September brought leading national and international sector agents together in the Brazilian city. This year’s edition of Brazil WindPower, organized by GWEC in collaboration with ABEEólica, Brazil’s Wind Power Association and Grupo Canal Energía, took place against a backdrop of huge optimism thanks to the excellent figures being achieved by this sector.

According to data from ABEEólica, installed wind power capacity in the country currently amounts to over 7 GW, distributed over 281 wind farms spanning 11 states, representing around 5% of Brazil’s energy mix. By the end of this year, 113 new wind farms will have been installed in Brazil, with a combined capacity of 2.7 GW, thus increasing the country’s total installed capacity to 9 GW.

During the first half of 2015, wind production in Brazil increased by 114% and in fact, according to ABEEólica data, in just one year, wind production in Brazil has gone from 1.4% of the total of the energy produced in the country to almost 5%. These are spectacular figures that should achieve 23% of total energy production in Brazil by 2023, the year in which installed capacity is forecast to reach 23 GW.

The high level of investments that are expected in the country will undoubtedly contribute to this achievement. Brazil was already the leading country in terms of investment in wind power in 2014. 2015 is expected to close with a total investment in the sector standing at US$2.1Bn that will have resulted in the creation of over 19,000 jobs. In the coming years, anticipated investments could amount to US$1.6Bn while the most optimistic estimates regarding job creation indicate that wind power could end up employing over 40,000 people country-wide.

Copies of FuturENERGY on the displays provided by the organisation next to the Vestas stand

FuturENERGY at Brazil WindPower 2015

For the third year running, ever since it was launched in 2013, FuturENERGY has taken part in Brazil WindPower with an extensive distribution among both exhibitors and visitors at the event. This year FuturENERGY presented issue no. 21 in Brazil, corresponding to June 2015, where the cover story focused on one of the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturers, Vestas, that was also present at this prestigious event.

Acciona Windpower has created a Wind Power Service Center in the city of Mossoró to service wind farms located in northeast Brazil, where the company has signed contracts for the supply of 264 wind turbines totaling 792 MW overall capacity. The center, located in one of the main cities of the state of Rio Grande do Norte, will allow the company to provide operation and maintenance services in an agile and efficient way, fulfilling its commitment to optimize after-sales service to its customers and the operability of its installations.

The new facility covers 2,000 m2, including a spare parts store, and another 600 m2 of offices for administration, staff training and technical support. One of the functions of the center is the remote control of the wind farms. It will be initially staffed by twelve people, and this figure is expected to double in two years’ time when all the wind farms contracted will enter service.

Seven wind farms in the region

Northeast Brazil accounts for 71% of the wind turbine supply contracts signed by Acciona Windpower in the country (792 MW out of a total of 1,119 MW) corresponding to wind power complexes. One of them -Areia Branca (90 MW)- is already operational and another –Sao Miguel de Gostoso (108 MW)- is currently under construction. Both are owned by Voltalia and are located in Rio Grande do Norte.

Other projects for the same customer – Vila Pará (99 MW) and Vila Amazonas (93 MW)- are also located in that state. The latter is under construction and the companies Chesf and Encalso also have a stake in it.

The service center at Mossoró will also provide a service to the Itarema I and II (207 MW) wind farms developed by Rio Energy in the state of Ceará, and to Lagoa do Barro-Queimada Nova (195 MW) wind complex, owned by Atlantic Energias Renováveis and Actis, in the state of Piauí.

3 MW wind turbine

All the projects supplied by Acciona Windpower in Brazil incorporate the three-megawatt rated capacity AW3000 wind turbine. It is available in different versions, with rotor diameters of 116 and 125 m, mounted on 100- and 120-m (hub height) concrete towers. This turbine’s performance has demonstrated that it has adapted to the Brazilian market completely.The company has also exceeded the requirements for local contracting of parts stipulated in the FINAME regulations, which was achieved six months ahead of the January 1st2016 deadline.

The company has a nacelle assembly plant in Brazil (in Bahia) that also has a hub assembly section, plus a concrete tower production facility in Rio Grande do Norte. It purchases the blades and other components for the turbine in Brazil.

Acciona Windpower, has complied with the last requests issued by the BNDES (Brazilian Development Bank) for the national sourcing of components for wind turbines, meaning that wind power projects in Brazil can be financed under terms that are more favorable. It has complied with them six months in advance of the deadline.

The BNDES has announced on its website that Acciona Windpower fulfils the requirements for national purchasing indicated in the FINAME regulations for the final phase of certification, which expires on 1 January 2016. This confirms the company’s record of compliance with the milestones involved in the process well in advance.

This means that Acciona Windpower can offer its turbines for wind power developers with the guarantee that they meet with all the regulations on local outsourcing established in the overall certification process.

The company has a nacelle assembly plant in Brazil that also assembles hubs (in Bahia) and a concrete tower production facility in Rio Grande do Norte. It also purchases blades and other wind turbine components in the country.

Acciona Windpower’s current workforce in Brazil numbers 300 people and the company’s activity has created – or consolidated – more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs in the country.

1.119 MW contracted

Since 2012, Acciona Windpower has signed ten purchase contracts in Brazil for its AW3000 wind turbine series totaling 1,119 MW (373 units).This turbine has consolidated itself as a proven and competitive option for the Brazilian wind power market. Specifically, the sales are for versions with rotor diameters of 125 and 116 meters, mounted on 120- and 100-meter-high concrete towers. The company also markets models with a rotor diameter of 132 meters on 137.5-meter-high towers.