Enel Green Power (EGP) has commissioned Fontes Solar I and II photovoltaic (PV) power plants in Brazil.

The company built the facilities alongside and combined with its 80MW Fontes dos Ventos wind farm.

EGP invested about $18m in the construction of the plants, situated in the state of Pernambuco in north-eastern Brazil.

The plants have an overall installed capacity of 11MW and can generate 17 GWh of energy per year.

EGP said the combination of solar and wind power will stabilize energy generation and reduce the variability effects in weather conditions.

The hybrid plant will generate around 340 GWh of energy per year, enough to power needs of about 170,000 homes in Brazil.

The plants are supported by a 20-year power purchase agreement. The energy generated by the facilities will be delivered to Pernambuco state.

The commissioning of Fontes Solar I and II plants takes EGP’s total installed capacity in Brazil to 388MW.

EGP is the Enel Group company engaged in development and management of renewable energy projects globally.

The company has an installed capacity of over 9,900MW from a mix of sources including wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal and biomass.