Brazilian state of Ceará approves three solar projects totaling 90 MW

Consejo Estatal de Medio Ambiente (Coema), the environmental authority of the Brazilian state of Ceará has greenlighted three PV projects with a combined capacity of 90 MW proposed by local developer Steelcons Energy.

The solar complex, named Steelcons Sol do Futuro, will be located in Aquiraz, in the metropolitan region of the state’s capital city, Fortaleza. The state of Ceará is in the north-eastern part of Brazil, which disposes of considerable levels of solar radiation.

According to Coema’s press release, the projects will require an aggregate investment of 400 million BRL ($128 million). The plants are expected to be operational in 2018.

Steelcons won the contracts to build the plants in Brazil’s third auction for solar projects which was held in 2015.

Brazil has currently only 100 MW of installed PV power, most of which comes in the forms of PV systems under net metering. Over the next months, however, the first PV projects selected in the auction held in the past years should come online.