Brazil’s Itaipu installs 1.6-MW PV parking lot system

SeeNews Renewables — Itaipu Binacional, operator of Brazil-Paraguayan Itaipu power generating dam, announced on Friday it is building a 1.56-MW solar array in its parking lot.

Located in Parana state, the photovoltaic (PV) system will be comprised of 78 solar panels with a 20-kW capacity. Scheduled to go online on February 14, the system will be able to generate about 2,470 kWh per month, enough to power five small homes or 8% of the company’s executive centre, noted the company.

On weekends or holidays, when demand for energy is lower, part of the production can be absorbed by state utility Copel (BVMF:CPLE6), generating credit for Itaipu’s electricity bill. The company expects to save BRL 1,700 (USD 421.9/EUR 387.2) per month, with an eight-year return on investment.

If it turns out to be successful, the system can be replicated at other Itaipu buildings.

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