SunEdison, Petrobras link for PV

US-based developer SunEdison will build a 1.1MW PV plant in Brazil in partnership with local oil and gas giant Petrobras.

The project is one of the biggest yet to be officially announced in Brazil, where solar has yet to take off despite the country’s huge potential.

The plant will be located in Alto do Rodrigues, Rio Grande do Norte state.

The project is part of a research initiative Petrobras is leading for Brazilian power regulator (ANEEL).

Brazil has only about 20MW of solar in place, most of it in the form of pilot or demonstrator projects.

Earlier this month an official in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo told Recharge that plans are underway to build a 100MW PV plant there, although that deal has not been signed by any of the parties involved.

SunEdison, a subsidiary of US group MEMC, is aggressively chasing business in Latin America, and set up offices in  Brazil, Chile and Mexico in 2010.

It scored a spectacular result in Chile in February when it was chosen by a local steel group to build a 100MW PV plant there.