The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!
Solar Energy on the Rise As Brazil Diversifies Energy Mix
Solar energy is on the rise in Brazil as the country’s latest national energy auction attracted 400 applications for photovoltaic (PV) plant development.
400 solar projects have been registered for Brazil’s national energy auction this October. Creative Commons: 2013
Brazil’s energy auctions invite all forms of energy development to bid for government power supply contracts.
This year is only the second time that solar has been included in the auction and the first time a specific category has been created for PV projects.
Solar energy developers have applied to sell power from 400 power plants across the country in the auction to take place Oct. 31.
That represents 10.79 gigawatts of capacity, according to Brazil’s energy research agency Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica.
Also registered were 626 proposed wind farms and eight biogas projects.
“We expect the government will buy 1 gigawatt of solar energy in the first auction,” Pedro Vaquer, director of the Brazilian developed Solatio Energia told Bloomberg.
Brazil currently gets less than 1 percent of it electricity from solar power but the government aims to diversify the country’s energy mix.
The country also has strong sunlight, with an average irradiation rate almost double of Germany, the world leader in solar installed capacity, but installed solar capacity is currently well below 100 megawatts (MW).
Brazil’s power auctions see the government set a ceiling price, and developers bid down the rate at which they are willing to sell power.
The lowest offer wins long-term contracts to sell electricity.
While solar projects have participated in past auctions, they have previously had to compete against cheaper power sources such as wind and won no contracts to sell electricity.
October’s auction will see developers compete for 20-year contracts from solar plants of at least 5 MW.
The ceiling price has yet to be announced by analysts but industry experts expect to see a price of 220 to 250 reals ($96-109) a megawatt-hour.
They expect to see around 500 MW of solar capacity being purchased.
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
By Jared Kaufman
Eating a better diet has been linked with lower levels of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. But unfortunately 821 million people — about 1 in 9 worldwide — face hunger, and roughly 2 billion people worldwide are overweight or obese, according to the U.N. World Health Organization. In addition, food insecurity is associated with even higher health care costs in the U.S., particularly among older people. To help direct worldwide focus toward solving these issues, the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals call for the elimination of hunger, food insecurity and undernutrition by 2030.
mevans / E+ / Getty Images
Calls for Radical Climate Action Grow Louder as NOAA Reports Last Month Was Hottest June Ever Recorded
By Jessica Corbett
As meteorologists warned Thursday that temperatures above 100°F are expected to impact two-thirds of the country this weekend, U.S. government scientists revealed that last month was the hottest June ever recorded — bolstering calls for radical global action on the climate emergency.
By John R. Platt
For years now conservationists have warned that many of Madagascar's iconic lemur species face the risk of extinction due to rampant deforestation, the illegal pet trade and the emerging market for the primates' meat.
Yes, people eat lemurs, and the reasons they do aren't exactly what we might expect.