Expansion of the wind farm in Delfina, Brazil to promote sustainable development

Published on Monday, 15 October 2018

“With the expansion of Delfina, we further strengthen our leadership in Brazil’s renewable sector where we are the largest wind and solar operator in terms of installed capacity and power plants in its portfolio.”

– Antonio Scala, Head of South America at Enel Green Power

The expansion of the Delfina wind farm, located in the municipality of Campo Formoso, is expected to start operation in 2019, four years ahead of the deadline set by the country’s energy regulator ANEEL

Delfina’s go ahead for expansion was matched by the green light on two other EGP projects: the 510 MW Lagoa dos Ventos in the state of Piauí and the 78 MW Morro do Chapéu II (Bahia) wind farms.

“The expansion of the Delfina wind farm, located in the municipality of Campo Formoso, is expected to start operation in 2019, four years ahead of the deadline set by the country’s energy regulator ANEEL. Delfina’s go ahead for expansion was matched by the green light on two other EGP projects: the 510 MW Lagoa dos Ventos in the state of Piauí and the 78 MW Morro do Chapéu II (Bahia) wind farms.”

– Antonio Scala, Head of South America at Enel Green Power

Renewable energy for sustainable development

Once completed, the 29.4 MW expansion will be able to generate over 160 GWh yearly, avoiding the annual emission of over 80,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

From 2019 to 2022, the energy generated from the expansion will be sold on the free market. As of 2023, the wind plant will be supported by 20-year power supply contracts, which provide for the sale of specified volumes of energy generated by the plant to a pool of distribution companies operating in the Brazilian regulated market.

In line with the Creating Shared Value (CSV) model, which aims to combine business development and local community needs, EGP has established a set of initiatives in the areas neighbouring the Delfina wind farm, such as pioneering programmes for the preservation of two local endangered species, the blue Lear’s macaw and the Caatinga cougar.

In Brazil, both Enel and EGP have a total installed renewable capacity of more than 2.9 GW, of which 842 MW from wind power, 819 MW from solar PV and 1,270 MW from hydro.

In addition, EGP is about to develop over 1 GW awarded in 2017 Brazilian tenders.