19.04.2011

More solar power for Brazil

Brazil is increasingly focusing on the use of solar electricity. In Florianópolis in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, the largest grid-connected photovoltaic system thus far in the country is being built. These systems are being installed on the roofs and parking spaces of the state energy supplier Eletrosul and will be completed by the end of this year. With a peak capacity of 1 megawatt (1 MWp) and an annual electricity generation of 1,200 megawatt hours, the system will be able to feed five times as much electricity into the national supply grid as all other current solar systems in Brazil combined.

On behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) KfW Entwicklungsbank is supporting the construction of this solar facility with EUR 2.8 million funded by the International Climate Initiative (ICI). A financing agreement has been signed with Eletrosul at the KfW Berlin branch. Representatives of the Brazilian embassy, the BMU and the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) were present at the signing.


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