Brazil is primed to surpass 1GW of solar in 2017 as projects from three auctions between 2013-15 start to come online, but the industry eagerly awaits the next government 10-year electricity demand forecasts, according to the Brazilian solar association ABsolar.
Phoenix Solar and Asunim Turkey bring the country's largest solar plant online, SECI opens a tender for small-scale rooftop solar, Brazil regulators investigate the value of distributed generation and I&M brings its fourth solar plant this year online.
Despite recent uncertainty over how energy auctions involving utility-scale solar will progress in Brazil, there are signs that the distributed generation (DG) segment could be one to watch out for. In the same week that Brazilian minister of mines and energy Fernando Coelho Filho announced that DG had an important role to play in driving solar PV across the country, PV Tech caught up with Rodrigo Sauaia, the director of Brazil’s solar industry association (Absolar), to discuss current government policy.
Chinese solar firm Canadian Solar and OEM giant Flextronics are working together on an US$80 million module manufacturing facility in Sao Paulo, according to the Brazilian Solar PV Association, Absolar.
Brazilian public bank Banco do Nordeste (Northeast Bank) has created a credit line to allow companies to install solar Pv and other renewable sources of energy in the mini (75kW-5MW) and micro-generation (>100KW) segment.
Brazil’s newly-appointed minister of mines and energy Fernando Coelho Filho has told members of the electricity industry that renewable energy will be one of his focus areas in the coming weeks and months.