EDP, company present in all sectors of the Brazilian electric market, through its subsidiary EDP Smart, division that gathers the whole portfolio of energy solutions within the company, has built a solar energy plant for Globo in Recife (PE). The facility will generate around 269.385 kWh per year, energy capable of supplying 90 households on a monthly basis with an average consumption of 250kWh/month or 3.000 kWh per year.
Made up of 468 photovoltaic modules, the plant was installed over the television station’s central parking lot, in an area of approximately 1.000 square meters. The energy generated during the next 25 years, which represents the life span of the plant, will avoid 498,4 tons of CO2 being sent into the atmosphere, and equivalent to planting 3.054 trees. This photovoltaic structure, known technically as carport, is the first solution acquired by Globo in the Northeast region.
“The signing of this contract with Globo reflects on the credibility that EDP has achieved in the Brazilian market, and helps us consolidate our status as pioneers in solar energy projects”, claims Carlos Andrade, vice-president of Strategy and New Businesses of EDP in Brazil.
“The setup of the solar plant follows a trend in innovation that Globo has adopted as main premise for new projects and is aligned to the objective of increasing our base of energy supply with renewable sources. The challenges met during execution will certainly serve as a learning curve for all other projects of the same nature”, states Thiago Lacerda, director of Maintenance and Operations of Globo.
EDP Smart, which has a unit dedicated to the implementation of self-production and distributed generation solar projects, will be responsible for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the system implemented at the Recife office for a period of 15 years in the form of rent.
Technical layout of solar plant in Recife
Focus on energy solutions
Between 2017 and 2018, EDP negotiated 15 projects of solar energy with an approximate value of 25 MWp of hired capacity. One of them is a plant with 15 thousand photovoltaic panels and 5,6 MWp to supply 88 branches of the Bank of Brazil in Minas Gerais. The initiative will allow the bank to render an economy of around R$ 82 million during a period of 15 years.
The company also constructed one of the largest rooftop photovoltaic plants in Brazil, with an installed capacity of 1,33 MWp, set up on the roof of ParkShopping Canoas, a Multiplan establishment in Rio Grande do Sul.
Recently, EDP announced the launch of the largest solar energy complex ever set up by the company, made up of two plants have a capacity of 8,33 MWp, set up in Itacarambi, north of Minas Gerais, guaranteeing 100% of energetic supply for the Village Mall, commercial center located in Rio de Janeiro. According to Multiplan, this endeavor has an area of 240 thousand square meters, equivalent to 24 football fields, and will represent a saving of R$ 55 million over a period of 10 years.
Solar energy market
Solar energy already ranks as the seventh mains source of energy in Brazil, with a total of 2.819 MW operational installed capacity, equivalent to 1,2% of the national energy grid, surpassing nuclear power, which generates 1.990 MW.
According to the Brazilian Association of Photovoltaic Solar Energy (ABSOLAR), Pernambuco ranks as the 10th state that benefits the most from this renewable energy source, with 20,8 MWp of capacity spanned out in generation projects.
About EDP in Brazil
With over 20 years in the market, EDP is one of the largest private companies in the Electricity sector to operate in all aspects of the supply chain. The company has more than 10 thousand collaborators between direct and third-party employees working with Energy Generation, Distribution, Transmission, Sales and Customer Service. It has six hydroelectric and one thermoelectric generating units and reaches around 3,5 million customers through its distribution grid in the states of São Paulo and Espírito Santos. Recently it became the main stock-holder of CELESC in the state of Santa Catarina. In Brazil, EDP is seen as a benchmark in Innovation, Governance and Sustainability, featuring for 13 consecutive years on the B3 Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE).