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Published on April 10th, 2013 | by Adam Johnston


Brazil Planning For Another 300 MW Of Solar PV Energy

Brazil, known for sand, soccer, and samba, is inching its way towards being an emerging global solar energy player, thanks to some recent action in the country. According to the country’s electricity regulator, twelve requests for new PV projects have been received since the middle of march, totalling more than 300 MW.

Image Credit: Waving Fabric Flag of Brazil via Shutterstock

Image Credit: Waving Fabric Flag of Brazil via Shutterstock

PV Magazine notes that Arigo Solar Energia SPE was one of the top companies who bid for projects, with a new 30 MW PV plant in Pocinhos, Paraiba Brazil. It is expected the plant will be built as an independent power producer (IPP). Bioenergy Geradora de Energia will make the Brazilian state of Bahia a bit sunnier, with three projects in Oliveira dos Brejnhos totalling 49 MW. All three plants (29 MW Terra Do Sol VII, 10 MW Terra do Sol VIII, and 10 MW Terra do Sol XV) are anticipated to be created as IPPs.

Meanwhile, Bahia state-owned utility Companhia de Energias de Renovaveis put in a request for a 30 MW Lagoa da Itaparica V pv plant in Gentuio do Ouro. Solyes Geradora de Energia Limited announced in late March that it has bid for two PV plants in the Minas Gerais city of Conego Marinho. One project, Sol do Sertao XVI, will provide 20 MW, while the other project, the Sol Do Sertao XVII, is set for 13 MW of new solar energy.

Other projects include a Renova Energia request for registering three projects (34.56 MW Caetite IV, 34.56 MW Caetite VI and 34.56 MW Caetite VII) in Caetite, Bahia. Lastly, Renova Energia put in a bid for a 30.24 MW project in Xique-Xique, while Central Geradora Solar Fotovoltaica put in a request for a 22 MW PV plant in Coremas, Paraiba, Brazil.

While solar energy in Brazil is only providing 0.01% of the nation’s energy, that changing quickly. In 2011, Brazil had seen its solar electricity increase to 37 MW from 27 MW, an increase of 15%. Meanwhile, the Latin American country is set to triple its renewable energy production by 2020.

Brazil will use the 2014 FIFA World Cup to show its potential as emerging solar country. In April, 2012, we reported that several stadiums will be powered by solar energy in time for the World Cup, including: Brasília’s Mané Garrincha stadium; Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro; Estádio Governador Magalhães in Belo Horizonte; and Pernambuco Arena in Recife.

While not in the global solar élite, Brazil is hoping that someday soon it can compete with the likes of China, Germany, and the US in solar energy, just like the Brazilian national soccer teams compete with the world’s other top soccer nations at the highest level.

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  • Mike form sunny Brasil

    First we need to see if all this passes the judge. Like with the buildig where clean energie is created by destroying immense parts of nature, here too there will first need to be delt with the court of law, because these green solutions, actually need to destroy more enviorment than they save. Eventhough we live here in a bananarepublik, these things are stopped before these great solutions create bigger problems than the not proven problem itself! The way courst work here, there will be nothing built before the WC, but who knows it will be in time before the Olympics, if it gets the green light, tht is with a big IF!

  • David

    Too bad they are still catering to China to exploit their resources. Hello to dozens of dams in the Amazon. And goodbye to indigenous people, biodiversity, and rainforest.

  • James Wimberley

    Brazilians would be deeply insulted by your remark that “Brazilian national soccer teams compete with the world’s other top soccer nations at the highest level.” Their feeling is that Brazil, which has won the World Cup more times than any other country, is by right Top Soccer Nation and it’s a national shame when the team lose to johnny-come-latelies.
    Good news that solar is slowly warming up. Wind has already taken off. Brazilian electricity is mostly renewable in the form of hydro. The environmental argument for wind and solar is therefore less about direct carbon emissions than about drowning rainforests remote from consumers; the political argument about shifting power away from giant parastatal utilities. Google Belo Monte.

    • Zachary Shahan

      but didn’t make it to the semifinals for 2 World Cups in a row… think with that being the case they have to be humble enough to accept that there are other top countries as well. ;)

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