Clean Energy

CPFL Energia opens the largest solar power plant in the country

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 17:07
Plant uses different technologies to capture solar power Plant uses different technologies to capture solar power

On November 27, CPFL Energia inaugurated the Tanquinho Plant, the first solar power project in the state of São Paulo and the largest in the country. Located in an area with 13,700 sq.m. at Subestação Tanquinho, one of CPFL's distributors, in Campinas (SP), Tanquinho Plant will generate around 1.6 GWh/year– enough to supply 657 clients a month with average consumption of 200 KWh/month. The inauguration of the project marked the celebrations of the company's 100th anniversary.

The project for generation of clean and renewable power with photovoltaic solar panels, a pioneer in the state of São Paulo, was approved in December 2011 by the National Electric Power Agency (Aneel) and involved investments of R$ 13.8 million in research and development. CPFL Renováveis, a subsidiary of CPFL Energia, will be in charge of management and operation of the Plant. The project took four months to be built. Other eight months were applied in research, which should continue until March 2015.

"The demand for solar power is still incipient in Brazil, but should consolidate in the next two years", says Wilson Ferreira Jr., president of CPFL Energia. "The potential is huge, as we are one of the countries with the highest insulation rates in the world", adds the executive. He believes that the segment can be boosted by some adjustments in the electric sector and through incentives for the opening of photovoltaic solar panel factories in Brazil.

CPFL Energia, which annually invests around R$ 32 million in research and development, is already developing other three collaborative projects of solar power generation. "We believe that projects for power generation from clean sources are key to ensure future supply and the growth of the country, and we want to consolidate our leadership in power generation from renewable sources", says Ferreira Jr.