Brazilian authorities receive further PV project proposals totaling 272 MW

The Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL) has received nine new proposals for the construction of large-scale PV power plants in Brazil, according to the country’s Official Journal. The projects would have a combined capacity of 271.9 MW and would all be located in eastern Brazil. Local developer CPGL Energias Renovaveis SA submitted proposals to build eight PV power plants of 30.42 MW each in the state of Bahia, while Sowitec Operation Brasil Ltd., a subsidiary of subsidiary of German renewable energy company Sowitec, has requested permission to build a 30 MW PV plant in Pernambuco. Most of these projects were likely also submitted under the pre-selection phases of the country’s latest A-3 and A-5 energy auctions, which were held in November and December 2013, respectively.
In early November, ANEEL received 17 proposals for PV projects totaling 410 MW. Earlier in October, the energy regulator accepted 29 proposals for PV projects with a combined capacity of 700 MW.
The number of large-scale solar projects planned in Brazil has shot up since 2012, when the Brazilian government approved a new regulation for PV that cancelled grid access fees for PV power plants up to 30 MW.

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