Cemig to install 5.6 MW of PV systems in Brazil

Alexandre Heringer Lisboa, project manager of Cemig, tells pv magazine the company aims to execute a 1.5 MW p project at Brazil’s Mineirão football stadium, in preparation of the Confederations Cup Brazil in 2013 and the World Cup in 2014.

The company is currently seeking EPC contractors to install the crystalline silicon system, which is scheduled to be online by this December 21. Heringer Lisboa says that almost all permits have been secured, including environmental licenses.

A second, 1.1 MWp photovoltaic project is also in the pipeline. Heringer Lisboa says Cemig aims to start the installation of the system at the Mineirinho Gymnasium "as soon as possible". Again, almost all of the required permits have been obtained.

Finally, the company is developing a three MWp photovoltaic plant in Sete Lagoas, a city near Belo Horizonte. An R&D project, it is being developed in partnership with Spain-based Solaria.

Heringer Lisboa adds, "Based on the costs of Pituaçu Stadium (0.4 MWp), in Salvador, Bahia, the cost of installed power is about R$14 per Watt peak (/Wp) or about US$7.37/Wp."

Overall, he says all the projects – part of the 2014 Minas Solar Project, whose aim is to install photovoltaic systems on the roofs of the buildings, which will form the infrastructure for the aforementioned football tournaments – will be installed between August and December 2012.

A budget of €12 million has been allocated to them; 80 percent of the funding will come from KfW Bankegrouppe, while Cemig will provide the remaining 20 percent.