Brazil's Nova Aurora ready to start

Brazil's power regulator Aneel has authorized generator Tractebel to start commercial operations of the 3MW Nova Aurora solar PV power plant.

The plant had been in tests since April and is now Brazil’s largest solar PV facility in commercial operation.

Aneel has already included Nova Aurora in its estimate of Brazil's total solar power generation capacity, which stands at 11.3MW.

Nova Aurora was built as a pilot solar power plant under the regulator's solar power research and development program launched in 2011.

Tractbel has invested about R$60.8m in the project, which will test solar cells produced by China's Yingli Solar with polycrystalline technology, Germany's Avancis with CIGS technology and the US's Dupont's amorphous silicon technology.

The plant will also test five different models and configurations of inverters ranging from 10kW to 500kW.

Tractebel is the Brazilian unit of France's GDF Suez.