Telefónica has signed an agreement with Helexia, a company specializing in distributed generation and energy efficiency and a subsidiary of the French company Voltalia, to supply renewable electricity to Vivo’s mobile network for the next 20 years. According to the agreement, Voltalia will develop 16 solar photovoltaic plants that will be located in the states of Rondonia, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraná, Sao Paulo and Ceará with a production capacity of about 60 MW.

The construction of the solar plants will begin soon and are expected to enter commercial operation in the first quarter of 2022. This is the first contract won by Helexia in Brazil. The projects will require engineering, acquisition, construction, operation and maintenance of the plants, as well as the management of energy contracts together with Telefónica and local distributors.

“We are very pleased with the growth of Helexia in new countries, such as Brazil, and in Europe, where Helexia has managed to expand rapidly. Helexia benefits from Voltalia’s support, for example in Brazil. On the other hand, Voltalia benefits from Helexia’s commercialization capability when Voltalia searches for corporate PPAs,” says Sébastien Clerc, CEO of Voltalia.

“We have signed one of the largest distributed power generation contracts in Brazil. Voltalia’s support was instrumental in this great commercial success, and we will continue to work hand-in-hand for the project delivery phase. The Brazilian market for distributed projects and energy efficiency has enormous potential, with very few actors offering both knowledge and scale,” added Benjamin Simonis, co-founder of Helexia.