Enel Green Power completes construction of 29.4MW extension for the Delfina wind farm in Brazil
Enel Green Power has completed the 29.4MW expansion of the Delfina wind farm, bringing the total capacity of the wind farm to 209.4MW.
Enel stated that the expanded wind farm is now online and has been connected to the grid. Located in the Campo Formoso municipality in the Brazilian state of Bahia, the wind farm is claimed to have entered into service four years ahead of its delivery date, determined by the tender issued in 2017 the Brazilian government.
Enel has invested $40m (£31.6m) on the expansion and the work started last October. With 180MW and 800GWh annual production capacity, the first phase of the Delfina wind farm came online in 2017. The additional 29.4MW capacity will guarantee an annual production of more than 160GWh.
The expanded Delfina wind farm is expected to generate a total of 960GWh of clean electricity annually
With the recent expansion, the Delfina wind farm is expected to generate a total of 960GWh of clean electricity annually, while offsetting more than 580,000 tons of CO2 emissions.
Enel Green Power South America managing director Antonio Scala said: “Thanks to the expansion of our largest operational wind farm in Brazil, well ahead of schedule, we’re reasserting the commitment to bolster our presence in Brazil’s high-potential market, where we’re currently the largest operator in terms of installed capacity and project portfolio.”
Between 2019 and 2022, the clean energy generated from the wind farm will be sold on the spot market. Starting from 2023, energy from the wind farm will be regulated by a 20-year contract which will provide for the sale of specified volumes of energy to a pool of distribution companies in Brazil’s regulated market.
Delfina VIII project manager Leonardo Navarro said: “The entry into service of the Delfina VIII complex is a proud moment for all team members that contributed to the project! We’re proud of our achievement, as we’ve completed works on this new wind farm ahead of schedule and above all, incident-free. Delfina’s added power is a further reinforcement of Enel’s role in Brazil’s energy sector.”