Vale confirms 2021 construction start date for Sol de Cerrado project

Vale has revealed it will commence construction work on its 766MW solar photovoltaic facility in Brazil later this year and has chosen Nextracker to supply smart solar trackers for the project.

The Sol de Cerrado solar project in Minas Gerais will be one of the largest in the country when operational in 2022, and will help power Vale’s mining operations in the Jaiba area of the state.

Set to play a ‘major role’ in the mining giant’s corporate sustainability objectives, the project will provide 13% of Vale’s total energy needs in Brazil and offset greenhouse gas protocol scope two emissions by up to 136,407 tonnes of CO2 a year.

Vale plans to produce 100% of the energy needed for its Brazilian operations by 2025 and has set a goal to reach carbon neutrality across its global footprint by 2050.

Speaking on the company’s decision to use Nextracker as a key supplier to the project, Vale’s global procurement director Marco Braga said: “Our decision was based on Nextracker’s proven performance after a thorough due diligence process.

“We are very confident of Nextracker’s experience and the reliability of its products to support Vale in solving the challenges of this important project.”

Meanwhile, Nextracker vice president of sales for Latin America Alejo Lopez said: “Vale’s Sol de Cerrado project is yet another example of how the mining industry is embracing renewables as a reliable source of generation to power operations and offset greenhouse gas emissions.”