The energy company Voltalia announced last Tuesday (19/04) the commissioning of its largest solar energy project in all of Brazil. Thus, the Serra do Mel I and Serra do Mel II plants will be integrated and will become the company's largest enterprise with a focus on expanding installed capacity within the state of Rio Grande do Norte.
Voltalia is a company in the energy sector that focuses on production and new solutions for the renewable energy sector in Brazil and has now announced the commissioning of its largest solar energy project in the country. Thus, with the merger of the Serra do Mel I and Serra do Mel II plants, located in the Serra Branca Complex, in Rio Grande do Norte, the company will hold a gigantic enterprise within the segment in the state of Rio Grande do Norte.
The commissioning of the plants will provide the technical, operational and productive integration of the solar energy complexes and, at the end of the Voltalia project, the enterprise will have an installed capacity of 320 MW, which is enough to supply a city with up to 400 thousand households. Thus, this will be the largest of the company's ventures in the field of solar energy generation throughout Brazil and, therefore, will receive an extra focus from Voltalia so that the process takes place in the best possible way.
The Serra Branca Complex region, located in Rio Grande do Norte, is known for its high potential for generating renewable energy, mainly solar and wind power, and is home to Voltalia's largest renewable energy complex in the world, with full capacity of 2.4 GW, in addition to also having hundreds of projects under development. In addition, the region has about 540,000 photovoltaic panels that have already been installed on site and occupy an area of 578 hectares in the state of Rio Grande do Norte.
Commissioning of solar energy systems is a standardized and unbiased process, which aims to ensure the safe and efficient operation of a given system. Thus, the process is carried out so that the project complies with the standards, tests on the equipment, good engineering practices and specific requirements of the owner, in addition to ensuring that both plants start cooperating together in the production of solar energy for the company that is carrying out the commissioning.
Thus, Voltalia's projection for the beginning of these benefits and the completion of the commissioning project is for the first half of 2022 and Robert Klein, CEO of Voltalia in Brazil, highlighted that "We are generating the initial MWs in the first large solar plant of the Voltalia in Brazil and the company's largest solar project in the world. In March, we also announced the construction of Solar Serra do Mel from 3 to 6, which will increase our operating capacity to 80%”.
Finally, a highlight among the benefits of the commissioning project for solar power plants in the state of Rio Grande do Norte is sustainability and environmental commitment, since Voltalia claims that the project will be responsible for reducing the emission of almost 126 thousand tons of CO2 per year in the atmosphere.