The energy auction A-3, the first auction in Brazil in the regulated market that has been opened to solar projects, has been pushed back one month, for the initial date set last July by the government. This was the only change announced by the Brazilian government, earlier this week, for this auction which is open to various energy technologies. Projects awarded in the auction will have to be operational in 2016.
Several companies have registered solar projects for the A-3 auction in the last weeks like renewable energy developer Bioenergy that, according to local media DCI, has presented nine photovoltaic projects totaling 171 MW.
There is also the expectation that solar photovoltaic installations will be included in another Brazilian energy auction, the A-5, which is to be held in December. Successful projects under the A-5 will have to be operational within five years. Currently it has not been announced that solar energy projects can participate in this auction.
To date there has been also no official announcement for a specific auction for solar energy, although the government has given signals in the past that this could happen.