Vale SA, one of the largest mining companies in the world, chose Nextracker to supply its bifacial solar trackers, optimized with NX Horizon artificial intelligence for the Sol de Cerrado solar project in Minas Gerais, Brazil . The 766 megawatt (MWp) solar complex, which will be one of the largest in Brazil, will help supply Vale's mining operations in the Jaíba area, in Minas Gerais, and will be interconnected to the regional transmission network. The initial construction will start later this year, with the project scheduled to be completed in 2022.
The project will play an important role in Vale's efforts to achieve its corporate sustainability goals. When in operation, the Sol de Cerrado solar project will supply 13% of the company's total energy needs in Brazil and will offset GHG Scope 2 Protocol emissions by up to 136,407 tons of CO2 / year. The company plans to produce 100% of the energy needed for its Brazilian operations by 2025 and achieve carbon neutrality in its global footprint by 2050.
“Our decision was based on Nextracker's proven performance after a complete due diligence process, ” said Marco Braga, Global Purchasing Director at Vale. "We are very confident in Nextracker's experience and in the reliability of its products to support Vale in solving the challenges of this important project."
The Nextracker regional office in Brazil will support the project with engineering, commissioning and asset management services, as well as advanced data analysis for preventive maintenance in the field. Installation teams will participate in the Nextracker PowerworX Academy installer training program to learn best practices on site and at the company's training center in Sorocaba, Sao Paulo.
“The Sol de Cerrado da Vale project is yet another example of how the mining industry is adopting renewable energies as a reliable source of generation for energy operations and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions,” said Alejo Lopez , vice president of sales for Nextracker for Latin America. “We look forward to working closely with Vale and deploying our smart solar trackers and software to maximize the plant's performance and, at the same time, minimize operating costs over the 30 years of the plant's life.”
The Sol de Cerrado project is the second biggest achievement of the Brazilian market for Nextracker this year and the most recent acquisition of its growing portfolio in the country. The company also recently signed a contract to supply its optimized bifacial trackers for the 830 MW Janaúba solar project in Minas Gerais , and is the preferred solar tracker for the mining industry in Australia. Brazil is one of the fastest growing solar energy markets in the Latin American region, partly due to its high levels of irradiation and policies favorable to solar energy. The country has 7.4 gigawatts of cumulative solar installations to date. Minas Gerais is the largest Brazilian state in terms of solar energy capacity in the country. Learn more about the projectadvanced engineering for strong winds from Nextracker and features for bifacial technology .