Brazil's CPFL Energia plans PV test site in São Paulo state

Brazilian energy giant CPFL Energia will build a R$13.8m ($7.6m) PV project in São Paulo state as part of a pilot solar scheme backed by the nation’s electricity regulator, Aneel.

CPFL will build the project on a 13,700 sq metre site at the Tanquinho substation, where it says the panels will generate approximately 1.6GWh per year. The project should come online next February.

CPFL will trial various PV technologies in multiple settings. In addition, a small wind turbine will be installed alongside the solar project.

“We will test these technologies in our country and verify which work best under our climatic conditions,” says Fernando Mano, director of strategy and innovation at CPFL Energia.

The Aneel programme is designed to promote the development of PV in Brazil.