Central & South America

Chile launches tender to assign up to 2,456 hectares of public land for solar, RE

Interested developers will have time until February 7, 2018, to submit their projects proposals. All of the tendered areas are in Chile’s northern region of Atacama.

Brazil: 162 MW PV project to come online in Q4 2018

Prodiel will begin construction on the 162 MW PV plant, developed by Norway’s Scatec Solar and Statoil, “imminently”. The US$215 million project is expected to be operational in Q4 2018.

Brazil: Distributed solar generation reaches 150 MW

Overall, Brazil’s total distributed renewable energy generation has topped 200 MW.

Another Brazilian state introduces ICMS exemption for solar

This time, the state of Espíritu Santo has agreed to adopt the fiscal incentive for net-metered solar PV systems up to 1 MW. The measure has been suggested by the Brazilian central government to all the country’s states since September 2015.

Chile: Interest in small solar parks grows

The number of planned PV projects not exceeding 9 MW in size, which are eligible to access Chile’s PMGD Program for distributed generation, has increased considerably over the past months.

Brazil launches $154 million fund for residential PV in the Amazon basin

The funds will be used to provide financing for residential PV projects across all of the nine states that form the so-called Amazônia Legal.

Nicaragua extends fiscal incentives for renewables by another five years

The tax benefits for renewable energy generation projects, which were set to expire at the end of this year, have been extended until the end of 2022.

Elettronica Santerno bags 100 MW order from Chile

The Italian inverter maker will supply its Sunway TG TE 1500V devices for a project under development by an unnamed global utility active in the renewable energy sector.

Jamaica’s oil company PCJ plans floating PV project at water reservoir

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica is seeking consultants for the feasibility study of a grid-tied project, which will also have to be combined with storage.

Australia, Cuba, Malawi, and Peru ratify ISA framework

Four more countries have ratified the International Solar Alliance (ISA) framework agreement, taking the total number to 19. On Wednesday December 6, the ISA will be established as a legal international intergovernmental body.