Enel, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participações Ltda. (EGPB), has started the commercial operation of the Damascena wind farm, which is located in Brazil’s north-eastern state of Bahia. It is the second of four plants at the 118-MW Serra Azul wind-power cluster to be put online.
Damascena has an installed capacity of 30 MW and will be able to generate more than 140 GWh per year, or enough to meet the annual consumption needs of around 70,000 households, while avoiding the emission of about 80,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.
In addition to Damascena, Serra Azul is composed of Maniçoba (30 MW), Esperança (28 MW), and Dois Riachos (30 MW) — the latter of which is already operating. Both Dois Riachos and Damascena are delivering energy through Dois Riachos’ connection to the grid. When the entire cluster enters into service, it will be able to generate more than 500 GWh per year, which will avoid the emission of around 300,000 tonnes of CO2.
Enel is investing approximately 220 million U.S. dollars in the construction of Serra Azul in line with the Group’s strategic plan. This investment is partly financed by loans from the International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank Group), Itaú Unibanco AS and Brazilian Development Bank BNDES. All loans are related to the construction of wind farms in north-eastern Brazil. The energy generated by the cluster will be sold mainly through energy supply contracts on the country’s regulated market.
With the entry into service of Damascena, EGPB now operates 264 MW of wind power capacity in Bahia, where the company is currently building the 90-MW Cristalândia and 180-MW Delfina wind projects. In the same state, the company is also building the 254-MW Ituverava PV solar facility, the largest solar plant Enel currently has under construction, and the 158-MW Lapa solar park. EGPB has also been awarded a further 172-MW of wind capacity and 103-MW of PV capacity in Bahia through public tenders.
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