Central & South America

French Development Agency finances solar project in Bolivia with €11.5 million

The 50 MW Planta Solar Fotovoltaica Oruro project is scheduled for completion in 2018. Bolivia’s power utility ENDE is currently reviewing 16 bids for the projects.

Brazil needs to improve grid in Minas Gerais to make space for solar

Brazil’s energy agency EPE has released a new study that recommends the improvement of the transmission system of the northern and north-western areas of the state of Minas Gerais, which is expected to host a considerable portion of the solar projects selected in the country’s auctions held in the past years.

Brazil could open renewable energy auctions to hybrid projects

The Committee for the Environment of the Brazilian Senate has approved a bill to modify the legislation of the electric system and grant access to the country’s energy auctions to large-scale hybrid renewable energy projects.

Argentina to authorize private PPAs between large power consumers and renewable energy producers

A draft of the new rules was submitted to public consultation by the Argentinean government. The new regulation, if implemented, would authorize the sale of power to large industrial power consumers by direct agreement.

O&M business must get to scale

At the first day of the conference PV Asset Management and O&M Europe 2017, which winds up today in Hamburg, almost all the participants agreed on the fact that the business is becoming more and more complex, and that getting to scale may provide a path through a period of further consolidation.

Chile has new rules for solar and renewables on public land

The new provisions were published in Chile’s Official Journal in May. The new regulations apply to large-scale solar, wind, geothermal energy and hydropower plants.

Work begins on 4.4 MW PV plant in Cuba

The Cuban province of Sancti Spíritus, which will host the plant, is planning to deploy 63 MW of PV capacity by 2019.

Court approves TerraForm Power, Global settlements with SunEdison

The rulings help clear the way for Brookfield’s acquisition of the two yieldcos, and close a long and difficult chapter in the story of the three companies.

NADB considers loan for Mexico’s largest PV plant, Puerto Libertad

If the loan is approved, it could close by the end of the month.

Enel connects 158 MW of PV in Brazil

Through its Brazilian subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participações, Italian developer Enel has completed two projects in Brazil’s north-eastern state of Bahia, with a total capacity of 158 MW.

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