Brazilian utility Companhia Energetica de Sao Paulo (CESP) has commenced the operation of a 500-kW concentrated solar power plant.
The plant has been regarded as the first of its kind in the country. The plant is based in Sao Paulo state, nearby the 1,540 MW Porto Primavera hydropower complex in Rosana municipality.
As per the local reports, the solar power plant has been launched under a research and development program dedicated to the solar thermal power source. Furthermore, it has been regulated by authority of power sector Aneel.
The group informed that the new facility is expected to generate enough electricity to meet the demand of 360 households.
Companhia Energetica de Sao Paulo informed that beside the concentrated solar power plant, the complex "features experimental photovoltaic, green hydrogen and energy storage equipment. "
According to the CESP, the pilot plant had an investment of BRL 57 million (USD 11.4m/EUR 10.3m).