Brazilian state of Ceará begins tender for up to 45 MW of solar

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The state’s Secretary of Resources of the Brazilian state of Ceará has issued an expression of interest for the elaboration of feasibility studies, projects and technical studies for the use of areas of the Castanhão – GF Adductor System, in the Brazilian northeastern state of Ceará, for the deployment of several large-scale solar plants.

The projects, which will have a maximum combined capacity of 45 MW, must not exceed 5 MW in size, in order to be eligible for development under Brazil’s distributed generation rules allowing the sale of excess power under net-metering.

Of the 45 MW, 25 MW will be devoted to provide power to the Water Resources Management Company of Ceará (COGER), while the remaining 20 MW will be used to supply electricity to the Water and Sewage Company of Ceará (CAGECE). Interested parties will have to submit their proposals by October 30.

“One of the main goals of the project is to allow the cheaper energy consumption by the State and its state entities,” the Secretary of Resources said in the document.

The Castanhão – GF Adductor System consists of a complex set of pumping stations, canals, siphons, and tunnels, generally referred to as Water Belt (Eixão das Águas), the main objective of which is to allow the transposition of water from the Castanhão Stream to the Metropolitan Region of Fortaleza (RMF).

Brazil currently has more than 300 MW of installed solar power under the distributed generation regime. In a recent report, Brazilian consultancy Greener spoke of the strong potential of DG in Brazil, and the fact that prices have continued to fall considerably in recent months.