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DuPont Apollo Supplies Solar Modules to CPFL Energia

New R&D Project focuses on reducing dependence on fossil fuels in Brazil

Bookmark and Share Isabel Sousa
Comunicação Corporativa
DuPont do Brasil
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Linney Gatto
Comunicação Corporativa
DuPont do Brasil
Tel.: (55 11) 4166-8007

São Paulo, January 18, 2013 – DuPont Apollo, a wholly owned subsidiary of DuPont specializing in silicon-based thin film solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, recently supplied solar panels capable of generating 510 kilowatts (kW) of electricity to CPFL Energia for an R&D project in São Paulo. Approved by the National Electricity Energy Agency (ANEEL), the CPFL project will have a 1 megawatt (MW) total installed capacity and is expected to generate enough power to supply 657 customers a month, on average.  The DuPont Apollo modules are expected to generate 50 percent of the total energy from the installation.

“There is great potential for solar energy in Brazil, and DuPont is leading the industry with technologies that are helping to make the promise of solar power a reality, so we are pleased to be part of this R&D program,” said Leonidas Andrade, photovoltaics sales and marketing manager - DuPont Brasil. “DuPont Apollo modules provide superior performance in converting solar energy to electricity, even in challenging conditions like diffuse light and in high temperatures.”

The Empresa Brasileira de Energia Elétrica company (EBES) is responsible for the installation of the modules on the substation of Tanquinho (Campinas, São Paulo), chosen by CPFL Energia due to its logistics advantage, like the presence of transmission systems and clear landscape.

“This technology can help us bring important benefits to the project, especially with regards to the modules performance,” said Fernando Mano, director of Strategy and Innovation - CPFL Energia.  “The choice of DuPont Apollo modules was based on the project’s aim to test thin film technology, which has been used in countries with harsh climates, such as Brazil, and performs better in higher temperatures.”

Installed on a 13.700 square meter area, the CPFL project began operation in November 2012. It was presented by ANEEL following the Chamada 013-2011 (Technical and Commercial Arrangements for Insertion of the PV Technology in the Brazilian Energy Sources), which promotes the PV technology in the country, stimulates the knowledge, capacitation of professionals and the development of the national supply chain for this kind of technology. At the same time, this incentive seeks the normative agreements and adjustments on the legal regulations.

A CPFL Energia é o maior grupo privado do setor elétrico brasileiro, com atuação nos segmentos de distribuição (com 7 milhões de consumidores atendidos nos Estados de São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Minas Gerais e Paraná), geração, comercialização de energia e serviços. Desde seu IPO (Initial Public Offering), em 2004, a CPFL Energia tem ações listadas no Novo Mercado da BM&FBovespa e ADR Nível III na NYSE, segmentos de maior nível de governança corporativa e, pelo sétimo ano consecutivo, as ações da companhia integram a carteira do ISE - Índice de Sustentabilidade Empresarial da BM&FBovespa. Conheça mais sobre o grupo CPFL no site

Incorporated in early 2008 in both Hong Kong and Shenzhen, Du Pont Apollo Limited (DuPont Apollo) is a wholly owned subsidiary of DuPont specializing in silicon-based thin film photovoltaic modules.  For more information, please visit

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