Voltalia, an international player in renewable energies, has started the construction of SSM3 to 6, taking the Serra Branca complex to a new level: 80% of its 2.4 gigawatts potential is now under construction or in operation. Voltalia is launching the construction of the SSM3-6 (Solar Serra do Mel 3, 4, 5 & 6) solar power plant. With a capacity of 260 megawatts, the plant will begin production in the first half of 2023.
The SSM3-6 plant is backed by a 14-year power sales contract with Copel, a Brazilian Utiliy and historical partner of Voltalia. Copel has been Voltalia’s partner in the SMG wind farm (108 megawatts) since 2015 as a minority shareholder. In 2021, Copel acquired 100% of the VSM2 and VSM4 wind farms (187 megawatts in total), which will continue to be maintained by Voltalia over the long term. Copel is one of the buyers of electricity from the SSM1&2 solar park (for 270 megawatts), currently under construction.
SSM3-6 is part of the Serra Branca complex. Entirely developed by Voltalia and located in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte, Serra Branca is the largest wind and solar complex in the world with a potential capacity of 2.4 gigawatts. Voltalia is the controlling shareholder of a significant portion of the projects located in the complex, the other projects being sold to partners.