Brazil's Eletrosul to add 1MW PV

Brazil's federal power company, Eletrosul, will officially inaugurate on Friday a 1MW pilot solar PV project on the roof and parking spaces of its headquarters in the southern state of Santa Catarina.

The Megawatt Solar project had been in tests since May and once operational, will push the country's overall operating solar PV generation capacity to more than 10MW.

Eletrosul invested R$9.5m ($4.3m) to install 4,200 solar PV panels. Power generated at the plant will be sold to companies through auctions.

It was financed by KfW and had support from Germany's international cooperation agency,  Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Gmb

The project was developed in partnership with the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) and the Ideal institute (an NGO that promotes renewable energy in Latin America).

Sun-drenched Brazil will launch its first solar-only tender in the third quarter. There are at least 6GW of PV projects in the pipeline across Brazil.

Brazil’s top energy official, Maurício Tolmasquim, in April said that he expects 2GW to be installed over the next five years.