The 115 MW project will start construction in fall 2017 and is expected to reach commercial operation in 2018. Canadian Solar will supply the modules for the project from its 380 MW factory established in Brazil to support the local market.
Pirapora II, located in the state of Minas Gerais, was awarded a 20-year power purchase agreement in Brazil’s first reserve energy auction. Once completed, the project will generate 231,992 MWh per year and contribute toward the country’s goal of obtaining 23% of its energy from non-hydro renewable sources by 2030.
In October 2016, EDF EN do Brasil acquired 80% of Canadian Solar’s 191.5 MW Pirapora I project, also located in Minas Gerais. The two projects are adjacent to each other and, at a combined 306.5 MW, constitute one of the largest solar energy projects in Latin America.