EDP Portugal, that has China Three Gorges as its largest shareholder, has opened in Brazil its largest solar park in the world.
The mega photovoltaic complex, with an installed capacity of 252 MW, is based in São Paulo and is so far the largest ever developed, built and operated by the Lisbon-based company.
The “Pereira Barreto project represents the company’s commitment to the diversification, in this case, in photovoltaic solar energy. Brazil is a key market for the materialization of our Business Plan. We even expect to inaugurate, in the medium and long term, other similar projects in the region”, said Miguel Stilwell d’Andrade, CEO of EDP and EDP Renewables, present at the launch event.
According to the company led by Miguel Stilwell, the solar complex comprises five parks and will have an annual production capacity of 547,000 MWh, distributed by nearly 600,000 photovoltaic panels. The energy generated annually will be enough to supply a city with over 750,000 inhabitants.
The event was also attended by João de Altayr Domingues, Mayor of Pereira Barreto, and Cassiano Quevedo Rosas de Ávila, State Under-Secretary of Energy and Mining.
The photovoltaic park, now inaugurated, has contributed to the creation of 1,500 jobs, more than half (56%) at a local level.