The Brazilian government said it is planning to issue a decree to include the installation of rooftop PV arrays in all new buildings erected under the program by the end of 2017.
The new rules will apply to large-scale projects as well as to residential and commercial PV.
Solar, however, was excluded from a second energy auction planned for December, which will select wind, biomass, hydro, coal and natural gas-fired combined cycle plants. The Brazilian association ABSOLAR has urged the government to include PV in this auction too.
According to provisional numbers provided by the government, large-scale solar plants have totaled 145 MW at the end of June, while PV distributed generation has reached 92 MW.
The group’s local unit AES Tietê, which specializes in hydropower production, has bought a project selected by the Brazilian government in the second 2015 auction. The compnany is now seeking to transfer the project from Pernambuco to São Paulo.
The Nova Olinda project will be located near Ribera do Piauí, in the microregion of Alto Médio Canindé.
The Italian solar tracker specialist will deliver and install its TRJ tracking solution to two Brazilian solar PV plants in Sao Pedro and Juazeiro.
Around 69.8% of total distributed generation installed solar power comes from mini-generation PV systems that have a capacity of up to 75 kW.
The funds will be used for the country’s renewable energy program and will be provided by the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).