Brazil

Brazil to include rooftop solar in low-income housing program “Minha Casa, Minha Vida”

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.

EDF to acquire 80% stake in Brazilian solar farm

Canadian solar has announced the sale of an 80% in a 92.5 MW project located in Brazil. The stake is to be acquired by EDF Energies Nouvelles, representing the third deal in a row between the two energy giants.

Brazilian state of São Paolo facilitates environmental licensing for solar

The new rules will apply to large-scale projects as well as to residential and commercial PV.

Brazil to hold energy auction including solar in December

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.

Brazil’s PV capacity tops 237 MW, 1 GW expected by the end of 2017

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.

AES Corporation acquires 91 MW PV project in Brazil

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.

Enel gets environmental approval for 290 MW solar park in Brazilian state of Piauí

The Nova Olinda project will be located near Ribera do Piauí, in the microregion of Alto Médio Canindé.

Italy’s Convert wins 220 MW, $35m tracker deal in Brazil

The Italian solar tracker specialist will deliver and install its TRJ tracking solution to two Brazilian solar PV plants in Sao Pedro and Juazeiro.

Brazil: distributed generation capacity reaches 139.7 MW

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.

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Brasil’s Senate approves resolution to give $750 million to renewable energies

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).