Swiss technology company ABB has been selected by UK-based investment firm Actis to install a digitally enabled substation for its solar project in the city of Juazeiro, northeastern Brazil.

The Juazeiro project is owned and operated by Actis and its US renewable energy arm Atlas Renewable Energy.

As part of the agreement, ABB will deliver the substation equipped with a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, intelligent electronic devices (IED) and SAM600 merging units in the switchyard.

“ABB continues to be at the forefront of digital grid technology development with a complete range of digital substation automation.”

In addition, the new substation will use ABB Ability technology, which has been designed to reduce installation. It will also improve the safety of the substation.

ABB’s 230kV substation and connection bay at the Juazeiro II will deliver power from a 156MW photovoltaic (PV) power plant, which is currently under development in the area.

ABB Power grid integration business head Patrick Fragman said: “ABB continues to be at the forefront of digital grid technology development with a complete range of digital substation automation, control and protection solutions, from the switchyard to the network control centre.

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“We are pleased to support the development of a stronger, smarter grid and greener with Latin America’s first digital substation.”

Upon completion, the projects are expected to generate clean energy to power more than 350,000 households and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 1.5 million tonnes.