Enel Green Power (EGP) has won the right to sign 20-year energy supply contracts for 553MW of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in Brazil.

The company will invest about $600m to construct the 103MW Horizonte MP, 158MW Lapa, and 292MW Nova Olinda PV projects in the states of Bahia and Piaui.

The new solar facilities are expected to go online by 2017. Together, they are estimated to generate 1.2 TWh of renewable energy.

Horizonte MP will be constructed in Tabocas do Brejo Velho in the State of Bahia. The plant is expected to generate about 223 GWh of energy per year and reduce around 67,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

Planned to be built in Bom Jesus da Lapa in the State of Bahia, the Lapa project will generate about 340 GWh of energy a year and reduce 102,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

Nova Olinda will be built in Ribeira do Piaui. It will generate about 604 GWh of energy per year and avoid 181,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

The awards for the three projects came through the ‘Leilão de Reserva’ public tender.

Enel Green has to date won 818MW of PV projects in Brazilian solar auctions, 700MW of wind and 102MW in hydropower developments.