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Our vision is to develop and participate in projects that aim at sustainability and that are becoming a benchmark worldwide encompassing such values as Ethics and Transparency, Safety, Social and Environmental Commitment and Sustainable Partnerships.

SOWITEC is a company focused on the development of wind, photovoltaic and transmission line projects. With our multidisciplinary team that stands out with high quality projects, we achieve high performance power generation facilities with a low environmental impact.

Founded in 1993 in Germany, SOWITEC is operating in the Brazilian market since 2002. Based in Salvador, State of Bahia, SOWITEC do Brasil is a pioneer in the development of wind projects in the Northeast of Brazil, later expanding its operations to Southeast Brazil.

As of today, SOWITEC do Brasil has developed around 850 MW of wind projects and 254 km of high voltage transmission lines, which are already in operation or currently being constructed. Besides, there are about 2000 MW of solar and wind energy projects ready for commercialization. A pipeline of additionally around 6000 MW is being developed.

News

SOWITEC sells six wind projects in Brazil totaling 552 MW

SOWITEC group, one of the leading developers of renewable energy projects in the wind and solar sector, has sold five wind projects in Brazil with a total capacity of 483 MW to a major international power utility. All projects are part of a 1.000 MW wind cluster in the state of Bahia. Also in Bahia are located additional 69 MW of a wind project with a final capacity of up to 800 MW, which could be sold to a big European power utility. Bilateral power purchase agreements for these projects are already signed in the free market.

The sale of the Brazilian wind projects to leading global power utilities is an additional important milestone and proves again the big trust of investors into SOWITEC and our projects." says Frank Hummel, CEO of the group.

Job Opening: Internship at our Business Development in São Paulo

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SOWITEC sells three wind projects in Brazil totaling 770 MW

SOWITEC group, one of the leading developers of renewable energy projects in the wind and solar sector, has sold three wind projects in Brazil with a total capacity of 770 MW to a major European energy supplier. Two projects with a capacity of 620 MW are located in the state of Bahia, the third project with 150 MW in Pernambuco. With this the successful year 2019 for SOWITEC in Brazil continues, following the sale of a 200 MWac photovoltaic project in January and the closing of contracts for 2,793 MW with major international investors.

The sale of these three large wind farms to a leading global utility company once again proves the outstanding quality of SOWITEC projects. The energy market in Brazil is facing fundamental changes from which competitive renewable energies will benefit and which will allow SOWITEC to grow significantly in the market." says Thomas Schulthess, Managing Director of SOWITEC do Brasil.

Hydro and SOWITEC to investigate possibility for a floating solar project in Brazil

Through a joint venture, Norwegian based aluminium producer Hydro and SOWITEC will see if it is possible to develop a large-scale floating solar power project in Para state in Brazil. The solar project is planned to be installed on Lake Tucurui in the state of Para. If realized, the solar plant will produce electricity for Hydro’s operations in Para, including the alumina refinery Alunorte and the primary aluminium plant Albras.

Hydro has a clear strategy to further reduce emissions from our operations. Increasing our use of clean energy is an important contributor to achieving that target.” says executive vice president of Hydro’s Energy business area, Arvid Moss.

The project is currently in its initial planning phases and several factors need to be in place before a build decision can take place.

If we succeed in realizing this project, it will be an important milestone for floating solar development in Brazil.” says CEO of SOWITEC, Frank Hummel.

The companies are currently looking into several technical aspects, and until those are concluded and the necessary authority approvals are in place, it is too early to disclose details about potential plant size or the relating project cost.

On Monday this week, antitrust authorities in Brazil approved the joint venture, one of several authority permits necessary to establish the project. Hydro and SOWITEC expect it will take around two years before knowing if the project can be realized in a profitable way.

SOWITEC sells a 200 MWac solar project in Brazil

SOWITEC group, one of the leading developers of renewable energy projects in the wind and solar sector, has sold through his subsidy SOWITEC do Brazil a 200 MWac photovoltaic project in the state of Pernambuco to a major European power utility. Through this sale, the second major solar project is successfully sold within the past nine months, after a 400 MW project had already been sold to the same investor in May 2018. Both projects are part of a solar cluster with a total capacity of up to 1,000 MW.

With the experience gained from the development of almost 1000 MW of wind farms in operation, SOWITEC is already established as one of the most important project developers on the Brazilian wind market and is now well on its way to positioning itself as a leading solar developer.

After two difficult years due to the political and economic crisis in Brazil, we are pleased to have successfully completed this sale. Further project sales have already been initiated and we are confident that we will be able to announce the next successful deals in the first half of 2019"; says Matthias Pfister, Managing Director of SOWITEC do Brasil.

 

The new Brazilian Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, announced that he intends to increase the predictability and transparency of electric, oil and gas and mining auctions to increase the competition and investments in Brazil. Albuquerque also vowed to find a solution for the debts related to the hydrological risk of the generators with contracts in the free market, which have blocked operations in the short-term market. The amounts outstanding due to court decisions total almost R$ 7 billion.

 

ANEEL / MME publishes an ordinance that expands the free energy market. The new standard will reduce the consumers' load limits for contracting the electric power in the ACL. The current limit of 3,000 MW will be reduced to 2,500 MW from July 2019 and to 2,000 MW by January 2020.

 

During the 21 and 22 of November 2018 SOWITEC has realized a social activity in two schools in the city of Tucano / Bahia, aimed at building a communication process between the population of the areas of influence and the wind farm Tucano. The activities carried out were bird watching and gardening in school. The activities had the objective to approach environmental issues with a view to education and providing information in a playful way, thus enabling everyone to have direct contact with the nature.

2019 auction calendar

2019 auction calendar - EPE expects a series of auctions for 2019. For the beginning of the year, it is foreseen to have a generation supply auction for the state of Roraima, a reserve power auction and an A-4 auction. A A-6 auction as well as a A-1 and a A-2 auctions for existing energy are planned to take place in the second half of the year. For the energy transmission the schedule points to a transmission line auction in the first half and an additional in the second half of 2019.

A-4/2018 Energy Auction

A-4/2018 Energy Auction took place with the following results: 1024,5MW contracted in total with 806,6MW of solar projects with an average price of R$118,04/MW and 114,4MW of wind projects with an average price of r$ 64/60MW.

Approval energy auction A-4/2017

1060,5MW of SOWITEC's solar and 642,5MW of wind projects have been approved by EPE to participate the energy auction A-4/2017

A-6 new energy auction

The brazilian ministry of mines and energy (mme) announced a A-6 new energy auction foreseen to take place on august 31st, 2018.

A-6/2017 Auction

A-6/2017 auction took place with the following results: 2730MW contracted in total with 1386 MW of wind, 2138 MW of natural gas stations, 166 MW of biogas stations and 139 MW of SHP.

The average price of wind energy was R$ 95.58 / MW with average discharge of 64.3%. SOWITEC DO BRASIL achieved the commercialization of the project ZEUS SP02 of 30MW (15 Turbines of 2 MW).

A-4/2017 Auction

A-4/2017 auction took place with the following results: 674 mw contracted, with 574 mw of solar and 64 mw of wind projects. The average icb solar amount was r$ 146.63/mw and the average icb of wind energy was r$ 108.00/mw.

1080 mw of SOWITEC's solar

1080 mw of SOWITEC's solar and 610 mw wind projects have been approved by epe to participate the energy auction A-4/2017 and 890 mw of wind projects for A-6/2017

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History

20
02

Foundation of SOWITEC do Brasil

20
09

Auction Success with 69 MW

20
10

Auction Success with 90 MW

20
11

Auction Success with 136 MW

20
12

Auction Success with 118 MW

20
13

Auction Success with 66 MW

Auction Success with 30 MW

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14

Auction Success with 180 MW  Operation Start:

Wind Farm Iracema (Miassaba 3)

  • Located in the municipality of Macau / Rio Grande do Norte
  • Owner: Eletronorte, Furnas and JC Maluceli
  • Installed Capacity: 68.47 MW (Alstom - ECO86)
  • Auction: LER 2009
  • Operation: 02/2014
  • Capacity Factor: 31,1% (2017)

Wind Farm Curva dos Ventos

  • Located in the municipality of Igaporã / Bahia
  • Owner: Enel GP
  • Installed Capacity: 56.4 MW (Siemens - SWT2.35)
  • Auction: A-3 2011
  • Operation: 10/2014
  • Capacity Factor: 53,4% (2017)
  • Co-development project with Enel GP

Wind Farm Xangri-Lá

  • Located in the municipality of Xangri-Lá / Rio Grande do Sul
  • Owner: Honda Energy
  • Installed Capacity: 27.68 MW (Vestas - V112)
  • Energy Commercialization: Free Market
  • Operation: 12/2014

 

20
15

Auction Success with 207 MW
Operation Start:

Wind Farm Fonte dos Ventos

  • Located in the municipality of Tacaratu / Pernambuco
  • Owner: Enel GP
  • Installed Capacity: 79.9 MW (Siemens - SWT2.35)
  • Auction: A-3 2011
  • Operation: 02/2015
  • Capacity Factor: 59,6% (2017)
  • Co-development project with Enel GP

Wind Farm Serra Azul

  • Located in the municipality of Morro do Chapéu / Bahia
  • Owner: Enel GP
  • Installed Capacity: 118 MW (Gamesa - G97/G114)
  • Auction: A-5 2012 / LER 2013
  • Operation: 11/2015 and 12/2017
  • Capacity Factor: 46,2% (2017)
  • Co-development project with Enel GP
20
17

Auction Success with 30 MW
Operation Start:

Wind Farm Cristalândia

  • Located in the municipality of Brumado / Bahia
  • Owner: Enel GP
  • Installed Capacity: 90 MW (Vestas - V110)
  • Auction: LFA 2015
  • Operation: 09/2017
  • Capacity Factor: 61,5% (2017)
  • Co-development project with Enel GP

Wind Farm Ventos da Bahia (Phase I)

  • Located in the municipality of Mulungu do Morro and Bonito - Bahia
  • Owner: EDF EN
  • Installed Capacity: 66 MW (Acciona – AW125)
  • 138 kV Transmission Line: 20 km
  • Auction: A-5 2013
  • Operation: 09/2017
  • Capacity Factor: 55,2% (2017)
  • Co-development project with EDF EN

Wind Farm Delfina

  • Located in the municipality of Campo Formoso / Bahia
  • Owner: Enel GP
  • Installed Capacity: 180 MW (Vestas - V110)
  • Auction: LER 2014 (90 MW) and free market (90 MW)
  • Operation: 10/2017
  • Capacity Factor: 53,1% (2017)
  • Co-development project with Enel GP

Wind Farm Cristal

  • Located in the municipality of Morro do Chapéu / Bahia
  • Owner: Enel GP
  • Installed Capacity: 89.7 MW (Siemens - SWT2.35)
  • Auction: LER 2010
  • Operation: 11/2017
  • Capacity Factor: 33,2% (2017)
  • Co-development project with Enel GP

Wind Farm Serra Azul

  • Located in the municipality of Morro do Chapéu / Bahia
  • Owner: Enel GP
  • Installed Capacity: 118 MW (Gamesa - G97/G114)
  • Auction: A-5 2012 / LER 2013
  • Operation: 11/2015 and 12/2017
  • Capacity Factor: 46,2% (2017)
  • Co-development project with Enel GP

 

20
18

Auction Success with 128 MW
Operation Start:

Wind Farm Ventos da Bahia (Phase II)

  • Located in the municipalities of Mulungu do Morro and Caparnaum - Bahia
  • Owner: EDF EN
  • Installed Capacity: 116.6 MW (Vestas - V110)
  • 230 kV Transmission Line: 40 km
  • Auction: LER 2015
  • Operation: 09/2018
  • Co-development project with EDF EN

Team

SOWITEC do Brasil is composed of a multidisciplinary team with highly qualified employees, which are experts in their respective areas of activities and that assure high quality projects and the execution of standards at all stages of development by using the most advanced technologies and methodologies to manage the development of wind and photovoltaic farms as well as transmission lines.

 

Services Overview

Specialized Teams:

  • Development of Wind and Solar Power Generation Projects
  • Development of Transmission Lines
  • Anemometric and Solarimetric Measurements
  • Topographic Surveys
  • Civil and Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Management
  • Administration of Special Purpose Companies
  • Business Development and Financing
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Project Management

Pre-Auction, Auction and Post-Auction Phases:

  • Environmental
  • Engineering
  • Land Securing
  • Regulatory
  • Technical / Economic Viability
  • Project Management
  • Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)

Construction Phase:

  • Environmental
  • Land Securing

Environment and communities

SOWITEC believes in sustainable development, where energy generation and economic growth are linked to the preservation of the environment and the social development of the communities in the regions where it operates. The planning and development of its projects seek additionally to the specific regulations and legislation in each country to meet international standards of sustainability, such as the Equator Principles and the Social and Environmental Sustainability Performance Standards of the International Finance Corporation.

SOWITEC understands that its success depends on ethical and transparent partnerships and relationships with partner companies, investors, local players and communities. As part of its scope SOWITEC performs the mapping and analysis of stakeholders, communication plans and stakeholder engagement plans. Land owners, where measurement towers, wind turbines and photovoltaic panels are installed, receive financial income, contributing to income generation of these fundamental partners. In addition, SOWITEC carries out socio-environmental studies and analyzes the potentialities and fragilities of the surrounding communities with regards to the implementation of projects and actions, taking innovations and boosting the economic and social development of these localities in a sustainable way.

Compliance and Values

SOWITEC's processes and business are driven by socio-environmental responsibility. Communication within the company and with our business partners is open and trustful. SOWITEC performs ethical, fair and safe business operations regulated by the Code of Conduct, Third Party Compliance Rules and internal regulations, always ensuring the compliance with the guidelines. Our activities are carried out with integrity, good socio-environmental practices and in accordance with the International Financial Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards, Equator Principle, Brazilian laws and regulations. SOWITEC provides communication channels to receive messages of any kind of complaints or compliments related to the company.

Welcome to the ethical communication channel of SOWITEC do Brasil. This is a channel for communication of conduct that violates SOWITEC’s Code of Conduct, Third Party Compliance Rules, internal policies and rules or current laws and regulations. Please be aware that any intentional reporting of false and unfounded information is prohibited. The communication reported here may be made in an identified or anonymous way, total secrecy and confidentiality being guaranteed to the complainants.

See our Code of Conduct

Channels available for registration of any messages are:

  • E-mail:
  • Whatsapp Number: (71) 99645-2365
  • Printed paper forms distributed in the regions where our projects are being developed

Contact

Thomas Schulthess
Managing Director

SOWITEC DO BRASIL
Avenida Luís Viana Filho, nº 6.462
Edifício Wall Street Empresarial
Torre East, Salas 1.507 a 1.523, Paralela
CEP: 41.730-101 Salvador - Bahia
Brazil

Phone: +55 71 33321919
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