Telecommunications in Brazil with more solar energy: Neoenergia (Iberdrola) and Claro sign PPA

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE / ENERGIA LIMPIA XXI. Solar energy and telecommunications advance hand in hand in Brazil. Claro has just signed a contract to acquire 911 GWh of renewable energy in the open market with Neoenergia for the next twelve years, starting in 2022. Consumption will take place in 30 units of the company, 868 GWh for the Sureste / Centro submarket. -West and 43 GWh for the South submarket. The agreement is in the PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) modality, associated with the generation of the Luzia solar park, with 149.3 MWdc of capacity totally destined for the Free Market, which has just been announced by Neoenergia.

During this entire period, the energy supplied will be exclusively from solar generation from the ballast of FV Luzia, a solar project located in the Chafariz Wind Complex, in Paraíba, which will generate enough energy to serve more than 100,000 homes. The guarantee of sustainability and traceability, ensuring that energy comes from a clean source, is a vector for generating value for the customer. From Neoenergia’s perspective, the signing of long-term contracts mitigates the risk of the project given the guaranteed income in the long term. These are two of the advantages of this type of “PPA” contract. The specialized publication Energía Limpia XXI highlights that the initiative is part of Claro’s Energy program, launched in 2017, which provides for the use of renewable sources and environmental protection actions in all operations and facilities of the telecommunications company in Brazil. By 2021, the program will generate 80% of the energy consumed by the company, more than 600,000 MWh / year. Considered the largest Distributed Generation project and the first among the country’s telecommunications organizations, it provides for the generation of clean energy (solar, hydroelectric, wind biogas and qualified cogeneration) in the electricity concessionaires where it operates, and also includes electric mobility and energy efficiency .

In addition to acquiring energy in the free market, Energia da Claro has plants in several states, such as Bahia, Goiás, Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso, Pará, Pernambuco, Piauí, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Paraná, Santa Catarina. , São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and the Federal District, and has facilities in the final stages of implementation, as well as projects under construction in other federal units.

“This alliance reinforces Claro’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. For this reason, the company invests in its own renewable energy program, which has a lower cost and reduces the emission of greenhouse gases ”, says Hamilton Ricardo Pereira da Silva, Claro’s Infrastructure Director.

In line with the Sustainable Development Goals, Neoenergia aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The expansion of its generating park in renewable energies to meet the needs of the free market is a vector of this strategy. “Consumers are increasingly aware of the purchase of clean energy as a vector for generating value. And that’s our focus. We are working to further expand our portfolio of wind and solar projects, with a long-term strategic investment plan. The signing of long-term contracts is part of this strategy: FV Luzia is already born with 20% of the energy that will be generated during its life fully sold ”, says the director of the Liberalized Business of Neoenergia, Hugo Nunes.

Decarbonization and the fight against climate change are at the center of the economic recovery. Neoenergia believes that prioritizing clean energy sources, such as wind and solar, will play an important role in large companies. In line with this trend, the group has sold more than 14 TWh of energy from renewable generation sources to end customers on the free market in the last 18 months. “During this period, we sell an annual consumption of the state of Pernambuco to final customers in the Mercado Libre”, says Nunes.

In mid-2022, Neoenergia will triple its installed wind power capacity, reaching 1.6 GW, with the completion of the two complexes that are under development in the Northeast – Chafariz and Oitis (BA and PI). Both projects reinforce the group’s business model, expanding operations in the free energy market. In one of them, the Oitis Wind Complex, to be built in the states of Bahía and Piauí, 96% will be sold on the open market. All this clean and new energy will have the Renewable Energy Certification (I-REC) to satisfy even a growing market demand for this certificate.

Neoenergia has been selling energy in Brazil for 21 years, since the start of the free market in the country. This is a market where consumers


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