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SunEdison and Petrobras to build solar PV plants

SunEdison, a solar energy services provider and subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., has signed an agreement with Petrobras to build one of the largest solar photovoltaic power plants in Brazil. The plant will be located in Alto do Rodrigues, Rio Grande do Norte. Once completed, the SunEdison Renewable Operations Center will manage the ongoing operations of the plant. The energy generated will be destined to the National Interconnected System (SIN).

The plant will have an installed capacity of 1.1 MW and will be built on land adjacent to the Thermoeletric Plant Jesus Soares Pereira that belongs to Termoacu S.A, which major stakeholder is Petrobras. The plant is expected to generate 1.65 GWh per year, avoiding the emission of 380 tons of carbon.

The construction of the plant is part of an initiative lead by Petrobras within the structure of the Research and Development Program of the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL).

This project also includes the construction of a 10 kW experimental platform, (a model plant) at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte Department of Electrical Engineering’s Laboratory of Power Electronics and Renewable Energy, and counts with partnership of the Center for Gas Technology and Renewable Energy located in Natal.

The expansion of the network of laboratories will aid testing and certification of equipment, increase availability of public data on solar photovoltaic energy generation, as well as improve the quality of training of technical and higher-level professionals dedicated to this field.

Approximately 50 people will work on the construction of the plant, which is expected to begin operations at the end of this year. The plant will be built with technology from SunEdison 3.672 Silvantis™ photovoltaic (PV) solar modules and will be installed, using A90 solar trackers designed by SunEdison.