Solar energy looks set to play a central role in newly published plans to increase the development of renewable energy in Amazonas, Brazil’s largest state.
Speaking at the Amazonas Greenergy International Symposium on Sustainable Energy last month, the Amazonas Secretary of State for Environment Nádia Ferreira revealed a new sustainable energy strategy for the state.
Ferreira said that the Amazonas government had created a state board of energy, which will formulate and implement energy policies in Amazonas and monitor activities related to the policies.
One of its first priorities will involve discussing and developing a plan to offer economic and financial incentives in order to attract renewable energy investments in the state, including solar investments. The board will work in collaboration with 30 members, including 15 representatives from various government agencies, to develop the proposal.
As part of the board’s initial plans, Ferreira said that the state will work towards speeding-up the development of 95 small-scale off-grid PV projects.
Other areas of focus include developing the state’s PV manufacturing industry as well as improving the state’s electricity.