Atlas Renewable Energy has announced that its fourth project in Brazil, the Sertão Solar Barreiras Complex, is fully operational. The plant has an installed capacity of 117 MW peak and will generate an estimated 275 GWh yearly, which will reduce the emissions of more than 34 000 tpy CO2, according to the company's calculations.
Located in Barreiras, the state of Bahia, the solar complex now adds to the company's portfolio, totalling 421 MW peak of photovoltaic projects in Brazil. The total amount invested in the plant was approximately R$350M.
The Sertão Solar Barreiras Complex was contracted through a 20-year energy purchase agreement (PPA) sponsored by the Brazilian government's auction in 2017 (New Energy Auction – 25º LEN).
Between 2017 and 2019, Atlas Renewable Energy has invested a total of R$1.7 billion, of which R$800M were financed by BNB.
During the work at the Sertão Solar Barreiras Complex, Atlas Renewable Energy partnered with the Secretary of Environment and Agriculture from Barreiras to create the Environment Week and Cerrado Week, a celebration of Brazil's vast tropical savanna ecoregion characterised by enormous ranges of plant and animal biodiversity. This included the creation of three gardens in the area's municipal schools to educate students in garden care and planting, as well as heritage education lectures for all 400 students.
Atlas Renewable Energy also believes in the importance of investing in training and developing programs that empower local communities to work during the construction of their projects as an opportunity to generate new sources of income. During the construction of Sertão Solar Barreiras plant, Atlas provided the first female workforce training program, social communication trainings and courses for locals to prepare food products from their unique ecosystem. These trainings represented more than 29 000 hours of training in Brazil's NR 12 Certification of industrial machinery and electrical trainings, emphasising on the transfer of technology and local sources of income.
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