The next renewable energy auction in Brazil will include more than 2.7GW of PV power, according the the country's government.

The bidding process will take place on 18 November and is the first time PV has been included in the auctions that have previously been dominated by wind.

Last month the government announced the postponement of the next renewable energy auction, which had been scheduled for October.

Mauricio Tolmasquim, president of the government’s Energy Research Company (EPE) said the ongoing fall in solar panel prices meant it was likely photovoltaic generation would gain more space in the Brazilian energy matrix.

In April 2012 the government claimed solar energy was almost twice as expensive as wind and would be excluded from the auctions process, adding that it expected solar to become viable in 2017.

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