The Brazilian energy planning agency EPE announced on Monday that 419 PV projects have registered for the solar auction taking place in Brazil on 16 December, with total capacity of 13.4 GW.
The northeastern state of Bahia is the region that experienced the largest number of applications, with 101 projects totaling more than 3 GW of capacity. Another northeastern region that has seen a large number of applications is Piaui, with combined PV projects accounting for more than 2 GW.
The area with the third highest number of project applications is Sao Paulo, with a combined capacity of close to 1.6 GW. On the other hand, there are more than 1 GW of solar projects registered in both Ceara and Mato.
The PV projects that are awarded within this tender should be commissioned and operational by July 2019.
The decision date for the results of this auction, the second tender organized this year, was recently delayed from 28 October to 16 December. A record 12.5 GW of PV projects were already registered for the October tender.
On the other hand, on 29 July another solar auction was scheduled in Brazil, but it was cancelled. 9 GW of PV project had been registered for that auction.
After changes were made to the tender dates in July, this years first reserve auction will be held in September, but this is only open for the participation of hydro project not solar PV, as it was when it set up in March. The second reserve tender will be held in December.
The second reserve tender includes categories for PV and wind power. According to EPE, in addition to the 13.4 GW of PV, 841 wind projects have registered, totaling 21.8 GW capacity. Overall, between solar PV and wind, there are a total of 1,260 projects with a combined capacity of 32.1 GW registered for the second reserve tender.
To date, there have been three tenders with a category for solar PV, which took place in 2014 and 2015. In total, 3 GW of PV projects were awarded.
This article was translated by Sam Pothecary. For the original article in Spanish, please see the pv magazine Latinoamérica website. (http://www.pv-magazine-latam.com/sobre-nosotros/publicidad/)