Located in Brazil’s semiarid region, in the state of Piauí, the São Gonçalo (SGL) solar facility is a record-breaking project consisting of more than 2.2 million solar panels. It is the largest solar plant currently under construction in South America.
The construction of São Gonçalo’s first 475 MW section started in October 2018 and was connected to the grid in January 2020. In August 2019, Enel announced the start of construction of the 133 MW extension of the solar park, which is also up and running. In addition, Enel Green Power is working on the second extension of the plant, with an installed capacity of 256 MW. This will bring its overall capacity up to 864 MW.
The whole complex covers an area of around 12,000,000 m², the equivalent of approximately 1,500 soccer stadiums.