|Solar Brasil will examine the potential for solar energy in Brazil and the steps necessary to tap into this growing and lucrative market.|
Since the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL) released new legislation regarding solar power this past April, there has been an explosion of interest in the Brazilian solar market. Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica, better known as EPE, is the research arm of the Ministry of Mines and Energy in Brazil. In their comprehensive 60 page report released a few weeks ago, they cover everything from Brazil’s solar resources and existing incentives, to the potential industrial value chain and the competitiveness of both distributed and centralized generation. The report was commissioned to instruct the Ministry of Mines and Energy in their decision making processes for solar policy.
Brazilian Solar Power Now
For distributed rooftop generation, solar power in Brazil is already competitive in some regions, with the cost of producing power from solar being less than that sold by 10 of Brazil’s 63 electricity distributors. Following the introduction of ANEEL’s net metering legislation in April of this year, a boom is expected in the commercial and industrial rooftop photovoltaic market as businesses look to reduce their energy costs.
For centralized power generation, EPE reports that solar is not competitive with other energy resources at present but with the downward spiralling prices of photovoltaic cells and modules there is great potential. In addition, Brazil is keen to create a local industry around solar power and in order to do so EPE states that further incentives are likely to be required to achieve economies of scale. One mechanism EPE proposes to the government is to introduce a solar specific auction that would send a clear message of Brazil’s commitment to solar power.
Brazilian Solar Power’s Future
On October 16th and 17th, ANEEL will meet in Sao Paulo with representatives of pilot projects to discuss the next steps forward. Utilities including Eletrosul, Neoenergia, CELPE, Elektro, and Rede Energia will unveil the latest from their first solar projects. MPX Energia, the company currently gaining a lot of press its proposed expansion of its 1MW Taua solar project to 50MW, will explain their positive outlook for photovoltaic systems. As well, Tecnometal, the first module production company in Brazil, will present the case for local manufacturing. Already, many of the world’s largest solar developers have confirmed their presence at Solar Brasil, along with Brazil’s pioneering solar firms and leaders of the wind energy market who are exploring the solar sector. Attendees will examine the immediate steps necessary to tap into the already cost competitive distributed generation market and hear the latest from the Brazilian government on whether a solar auction may be held.
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