Enel Green Power (EGP) has commissioned Fontes Solar I and II photovoltaic (PV) power plants, which have a combined power generation capacity of 11MW, in north-eastern Brazil.

About $18m has been invested by the company for the construction of the plants alongside its 80MW Fontes dos Ventos wind farm in the state of Pernambuco.

The two solar plants will generate 17 GWh of energy per year while the combined solar and wind power is expected to stabilize energy generation while reducing the variability effects in weather conditions, Enel said.

The company expects the hybrid plant to generate around 340 GWh of energy per year, enough to meet power requirement of about 170,000 homes in Brazil.

Power generated from the Fontes Solar I and II plants will be sold to Pernambuco state under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

The commissioning of Fontes Solar I and II projects brings the total installed capacity of EGP to 388MW in Brazil.

At present, Enel Green Power has power generation capacity of more than 9,900MW, which it generates from a mix of energy sources including wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal and biomass.