Brazil pre-selects 620 PV projects totaling 20 GW for April’s A-4 auction

Brazil’s government-run energy agency, Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica (EPE) has revealed that 1,672 power projects with a combined capacity of 48.71 GW were submitted for pre-qualification for the upcoming A-4 auction for biomass, wind, solar and hydropower projects, scheduled to be held this April.

Of these projects, the EPE specified, 620 are for solar power plants totaling 20.0 GW, while another 931 projects totaling 26.1 GW are for wind power initiatives.

Most of the submitted solar projects are expected to be located in the states of Bahia (5.21 GW), Rio Grande do Norte (3.35 GW), Paraiba (1.37 GW), Mato Grosso do Sul (1.18 GW), São Paulo (1.19 GW) and Pernambuco (1.12 GW).  

The Brazilian Ministry of Energy and Mines (MME) also allowed projects that were not selected in the first auction of this kind, which was held in late December, and in which the Brazilian government allocated around 574 MW (AC) of PV capacity, to the auction’s pre-selection process. In this auction, pre-selected PV projects had reached a combined capacity of around 18 GW.

In December, the MME said the upcoming A-4 auction, which will be held in April, was scheduled in the first part of the year, in order to allow the selected proponents more time for the development of their projects.

The A-4 tender will award 30-year PPAs to hydropower projects and 20-year PPAs to wind, solar and biomass power plants. Projects selected in the auction must start delivering power on January 1, 2022.