The A-5 energy auction has had 929 power projects registered to take part – more than 35GW, including 162 solar projects.

Solar PV projects accounted for 152 and 3.6GW of the subscriptions, and 10 solar thermal projects totalling 290MW in possible generation.

The subscription is the highest number of applications since the government energy tender auctions began in 2005.

The A-5 auction will be held 13 December, with successful projects to come online by 2018.

Wind farms still dominated the subscriptions with 670 wind farms, or 16.42GW. The remaining subscribers were for hydro, mini-hydro and biomass, coal and natural gas plants.

All auction participants have to be licensed by Brazil’s Energy Research Company (EPE).

President of EPE, Mauricio Tolmasquim said the registration of more than 35GW brought “great tranquility” for future energy supply and more than enough to meet the country’s energy demands in 2018.

The A-5 auction, is only the second government tender auction solar has been able to participate in. The first, announced earlier this year, will be the A-3 auction.

The A-3 expects projects to be online by 2015, and has 2.7GW of PV contracts up for auction, and will be held on 18 November.

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