ENERGIA LIMPIA XXI. Solar energy in Brazil is shinning bright. Copel’s first solar plant, under construction in the municipality of Bandeirantes, in the north of the state, is receiving the final part of the photovoltaic structures and modules.The Bandeirantes project is implemented in partnership with Sistechne participações. The segment has been growing in Brazil. Today, distributed solar generation assets with around 2.5 gigawatts in capacity are in operation in the country, according to data from the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel), against about 1 gigawatt in June last year.
“We are satisfied with the progress of the project and are proud to implement this new product, which is now available to commercial and industrial customers who wish to save energy”, highlights the superintendent of Copel’s Business Development Director, Ricardo Rothstein. A report carried by Energía Limpia XXI states that the distribution line that will connect the generating parks to Copel’s network is also already being implemented. The system will have a total installed power of 5.36 MWp (megawatt-peak, photovoltaic power unit) and the first phase should start operating in 2020.
Copel deploys and operates the distributed power generation units and the customer signs a lease for the plant, obtaining a discount on the energy bill.The parks in Bandeirantes will operate on a distributed mini-generation regime, in which the energy generated is used to offset the consumption of electricity, resulting in a discount on the consumer’s bill. A Go Eco Green21 report hihglights that over the last few years solar energy in Brazil has become very productive, generating more jobs and creating more eco friendly businesses, which translate in greater savings and fewer pollution.