Sowitec in 102MW Brazil solar, wind foray

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Friday, January 10, 2014

German renewable energy firm Sowitec has been awarded 20-year energy contracts in Brazil for three wind and one solar project totaling 102MW of installed capacity.

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The wind farms, which boast a combined potential of 72MW, were acquired at the A-5 generation auction in December for plants due online in 2018, Sowitec said in a release.

The projects - Ventos da Bahia II, Ventos da Bahia IV and Ventos da Bahia VIII - are located in Brazil's northeastern state of Bahia.

"Once completed they will be able to generate more than 300GWh/y, a sustainable contribution to the rising energy demand of the country," the Sonnenbuhl-based company said.

In the Pernambuco state solar auction on December 27, Sowitec secured the largest project on offer: the 30MW São Francisco plant in Santa Maria da Boa Vista, near state capital Recife.

"Once operational, the solar project will be able to generate up to 50GWh/y, thereby avoiding the emission of more than 14,000t of CO2 into the atmosphere," Sowitec added.