EDF Renewables commissions a 344 MW wind complex in Brazil
Paris, May 5th, 2021 – The Folha Larga Norte wind farm complex in Brazil is now operational, making it EDF Renewables’ third renewable facility in the country.
This 344 MW new wind farm represents another step forward in implementation of the EDF Group’s CAP 2030 strategy of doubling its worldwide renewable energy capacity from 28 GW to 60 GW net between 2015 and 2030.
The Folha Larga Norte wind farm consists of 82 wind turbines and is located in Campo Formoso in the state of Bahia, one of the windiest in Brazil. The power the wind farm now generates would cover the equivalent of the annual energy needs of 850,000 Brazilian homes.
In all, 800 workers were involved in construction of the project. EDF Renewables, which undertook to provide professional opportunities for local residents, implemented a plan to train and to hire workers from the Campo Formoso area and hence, up to 67% of the workers were local employees.
EDF Renewables launched construction of the project following the award of long-term energy contracts in two Brazilian federal competitive tenders in 2018. The plant has also been awarded Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (PPA), including a 20-year PPA signed with Braskem, a leading petrochemicals company in the Americas.
Since EDF Renewables first expanded into Brazil in 2015, it has built up a 1,300 MW portfolio in wind and solar energy projects consolidating its position as a leading player in the sector. EDF Renewables portfolio includes more than 900 MW of wind capacity in service or under construction in the states of Bahia and Paraiba, plus a 400 MWp solar plant located in the Minas Gerais state.
With these renewable projects, EDF Renewables is contributing to help meet the country’s commitment to cut 37% of its carbon emissions by 2025, and 43% by 2030, under the 2015 Paris Agreement, as renewable energy is particularly significant and competitive in the country's electricity mix.
Frédéric Belloy, Executive Vice-President, International operations, at EDF Renewables commented: “We are delighted to have commissioned this new large-scale wind project in Brazil. The outstanding commitment shown by our teams and contractors with the implementation of the highest health and safety standards paved the way for successful delivery of the project during the extremely challenging pandemic period. Brazil is a leading country for renewables growth. EDF Renewables is strongly committed to continuing to develop cost-competitive renewable energy in the country. By collaborating with local authorities and partners such as companies through corporate PPAs, we are able to harness our longstanding expertise while tailoring our services to the needs of our clients”.
About EDF Renewables
EDF Renewables is an international leader in renewable energies, with gross installed capacity of 13.8 GW worldwide. Its development is mainly focused on wind and solar photovoltaic power. EDF Renewables operates mostly in Europe and North America but is continuing to grow by moving into promising emerging regions such as Brazil, China, India, South Africa, Australia and the Middle East. The company has strong positions in offshore wind power, but also in other areas of the renewable energies industry such as energy storage. EDF Renewables develops, builds, operates and maintains renewable energies projects, both for itself and for third parties.
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