Brazil to install 350 MW floating solar array at hydro dam in Amazon: pv-magazine. 31.
March 2015 | Applications & Installations, Global PV markets, Industry & Suppliers, Markets & Trends | By: Sophie Vorrath Brazil has become the latest nation to embrace floating solar power technology, with the announcement of a massive 350 MW project at the Balbina hydroelectric plant in the Amazon. Critics say methane released from the Balbina dam reservoir makes it more greenhouse-gas intensive than most coal plants. Seabirds/wikimedia commons Source: RenewEconomy According to reports, Brazil’s energy minister Eduardo Braga said late last week that the government planned to begin a series of pilot tests of solar power generation on hydroelectric dams within four months.
Electricity generated by the first 350 MW "pilot" plant is expected to cost between approximately $68 and $77 per megawatt hour. But the floating solar array could help address this and other problems, as it has been shown to reduce water evaporation and restrict the growth of methane-producing algae. Brazil plays catch-up on transmission lines. "This year we plan to connect about 2,900MW to the grid, 250MW of which is already linked," said Mauricio Tolmasquim, president of Brazil’s Energy Research Company (EPE), the government body responsible for energy planning.
"In addition, we have three auctions for 2015: a renewable sources bid in April, the A-3 new energy bid in July, and a reserve energy bid in September. " The rapid expansion of wind power outpaced the extension of transmission lines, and in 2013 many completed projects were left unconnected, receiving government subsidies but unable to deliver power. The EPE effected a catch-up in 2014, and, according to GWEC, less than 300MW now remains unconnected. LatinAmerican Post - In Nationwide Protests, Angry Brazilians Call for Ouster of President. Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets in cities across Brazil on Sunday to express their ire at President Dilma Rousseff, raising pressure on her as she grapples with an onslaught of challenges including an economy mired in stagnation, a sweeping bribery scandal and a revolt by some of the most powerful figures in her governing coalition.
The protests, organized to coincide with commemorations of the re-establishment of democracy 30 years ago after a long military dictatorship, reflect rising disenchantment with Ms. Rousseff after former executives at Petrobras, the national oil company, revealed an elaborate scheme in which they said they channeled huge bribes from contractors to Ms. Rousseff’s 2010 election campaign, in addition to enriching themselves and legislators supporting her. The payoff racket coincided roughly with the period that Ms. Rousseff led the company’s board of directors. Pointing to rising polarization, some prominent supporters of Ms. Pv magazine Latinoamérica : Brasil convoca otra licitación solar en noviembre. Pv magazine Latinoamérica : Brasil prepara reducción impositiva para impulsar el autoconsumo solar. Pv magazine Latinoamérica : Aumentan solicitudes al Fundo Solar para microgeneración en Brasil.
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March 2015 | Applications & Installations, Markets & Trends, Global PV markets, Industry & Suppliers | By: Blanca Díaz López The South American nation is ramping up solar development with another solar auction scheduled for November. Brazil's latest reserve auction is part of a combined solar and wind tender. Wikimedia/LecomteB. Days after announcing its first solar auction this year, the Brazilian government has scheduled a second PV tender for November 13. The reserve auction is part of a combined solar and wind tender. The deadline to submit projects for approval to energy planning company Empresa de Pesquisa Energética (EPE) is June 18.
On Monday, the Brazilian government released the date of another solar auction, a reserve auction that will take place on August 14. The government plans to contract about 500 MW of solar annually through national auctions. Brazilian solar auction set for August. 17.
March 2015 | Applications & Installations, Global PV markets, Industry & Suppliers, Markets & Trends | By: Blanca Díaz López The second national solar auction in Brazil will award 20-year contracts to winning projects, which are to begin operations in 2017. Brazil's new PV projects are slated to start operations on August 1, 2017, but may also go online before the date. Pv magazine Latinoamérica : Brasil: prevén un alza del 38% en el precio de la electricidad.
Pv magazine Latinoamérica : Brasil: centro de convenciones de Piaui incorporará instalación solar. Le Cap Vert inaugure son centre des énergies renouvelables. (Agence Ecofin) - Le Centre des énergies renouvelables et d’entretien industriel (Cermi) du Cap Vert vient d’être inauguré à Praia par Henri Albert Guillaume (photo), le Grand-duc du Luxembourg.
La mission allouée à cette institution est la promotion des formations qui encouragent l’utilisation des énergies bioclimatiques. La principale activité du Cermi sera la formation des professionnels dans les secteurs de la conception, du montage et de l’entretien d’installations photovoltaïques. L’installation des mini-éoliennes, des panneaux photovoltaïques et thermiques, le montage et l’entretien de froid et l’électromécanique sont autant de domaines qui seront abordés par les formations proposées par le centre.
Improved access to public finance for solar may unlock the potential for distributed generation in Brazil. Next to the utility segment, the commercial/residential rooftop segment of the Brazilian PV market offers good market potential, driven by very favorable conditions for self-consumption of generated power.
Yet, the segment to date has not been able to reach significant scale. One of the main reasons for this is a lack of affordable funding. Apricum Project Manager Martin Mitscher examines Brazil’s solar financing challenges and advocates the role for public and private actors in developing suitable financing solutions, as successfully demonstrated abroad. Insignificant PV market development to date despite legislative backing After putting a strong focus on hydro and wind energy in past years, Brazil’s government has provided the legislative basis to incorporate solar energy in the country’s power generation mix. Already in 2012, the Brazilian government had passed a bill establishing net metering for small-scale renewable power.
Pv magazine Latinoamérica : Brasil prepara reducción impositiva para impulsar el autoconsumo solar. Pv magazine Latinoamérica : Brasil: mapa solar para el estado de Bahia. Challenges to connect small wind systems into grid in Brazil - Wiki Cleantech. Summary The growing demand for energy – impelled by the social appeal for the use of sustainable energy, revitalizes the concept of distributed generation, characterized as that which is produced near the load.
In this context, the use of small wind turbine connected to the grid plays more important role once they produce renewable energy and in a relatively simple manner when compared to other sources. In 2010, 86% of the Brazilian electrical matrix was provided by renewable energy, the mostly consisting by large hydroelectric power plants, however the little experience of the country in small generation systems, 1 to 100 kW, plus the lack of a specific legislation make the subject obscure. Thus, this study presents and discusses the Brazilian procedures and legislation to connect small wind systems into distribution grid, as well as identifies the public politics to improve the use of distribution generation in the country. 1. 2. 2.2 Brazilian wind resources 2.3 Distributed generation.
Pv magazine Latinoamérica : Brasil: Greenpeace lanza crowdfunding para proyecto solar en dos escuelas.