SeeNews — Brazilian electricity sector regulator Aneel has allowed local firms to build and operate a 28.5-MW photovoltaic (PV) plant and 21.3 MW of biomass energy as independent power producers (IPPs), according to decrees published yesterday.

The solar plant of Sao Pedro e Paulo I SPE SA will be installed in Flores, Pernambuco state, with a net capacity of 24.37 MW. The company should start construction by February 1, 2015 and connect the facility to a substation of power distributor Celpe.

The 21.3-MW Rio Claro de Goias biomass plant will be built by Eber Bio-energia e Agricultura Ltda in Montes Claros, Goias, in the next 36 months. The unit will have a net capacity of 8.3 MW.

As IPPs, the operators will be able to sell surplus energy and distribute it to major consumers, paying concessionaires for the use of transmission lines.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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