Brazil denies additional time for projects under the 2014 solar auction

Brazil’s National Electricity Agency (ANEEL) has denied a petition by six companies which had asked for an extension of the timeline to begin electricity delivery under the nation’s first electricity auction for solar, which was held in October 2014.

ANEEL has denied a request by Canadian Solar, Cobra, Fotowatio, Rio Alto, Inharé and Renova to modify the timeline for 23 projects awarded in the first electricity auction, according to meeting minutes published by the agency.

The six companies had requested a two-year extension to the delivery of electricity and the final date of supply. The deadline for supply of electricity begin for the projects awarded in the first solar auction is set for October 1, 2017.

ANEEL has stated that it will not accept excuses for delays in implementation of these projects.

In Brazil’s first solar auction the nation awarded a total of 31 projects with a total capacity of around 1 GW. A portion of the projects awarded in this auction are currently under construction. These include several plants which comprise a project in Bahia, which Enel began work on last December. Enerray is in charge of the construction of this project.

To date Brazil has held three national PV auctions in which it has awarded around 3 GW of projects. This year it is planning to hold two more auctions for solar, which will be held in July and October.

This article was translated by Christian Roselund. For the original in Spanish, please see the pv magazine Latinoamérica website.