As part of the Pirapora projects (399 MWp), the Pirapora I and III solar projects, located in the State of Minas Gerais in Brazil, were each awarded a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement following respectively the second and the first Reserve Energy Auctions, in 2015 and 2014.
Powered by 600 thousands and 290 thousands of Canadian Solar’s high-efficiency CS6U-P modules, the Pirapora I plant and Pirapora III plant generates 392 GWh and 186 GWh of clean, reliable solar electricity per year respectively, contributing towards Brazil’s goal of obtaining 23% of its energy from non-hydro renewable sources by 2030.
EDF Energies Nouvelles acquired 80% interest in each of the 191.5 MWp Pirapora I, 115 MWp Pirapora II and 92.5 MWp Pirapora III projects from Canadian Solar. The Pirapora II project is currently under construction and is expected to reach commercial operation in mid-2018.
“We are pleased to announce the commissionings of the Pirapora I and III projects, which are the first solar projects we have connected to the grid in Brazil. 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. EDF EN is an important partner and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership with more opportunities in Brazil and other countries.” said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar Inc.
Antoine Cahuzac, EDF Group’s Senior Executive Vice President Renewable Energies, Chairman and CEO of EDF Energies Nouvelles, added, “These new commissionings constitute further evidence of our growth ambitions in Brazil, a key renewable energy market for the EDF Group. It represents a new step toward the EDF Group’s goal of doubling its renewable capacity in France, and worldwide, by 2030 under its CAP 2030 company plan.”