January 6 (Renewables Now) - Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has announced in a social media post that the current government is against power sector regulator Aneel's possible taxation of solar generation.
According to a Tweet this morning, Bolsonaro has discussed the matter with the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, Rodrigo Maia and David Alcolumbre.
“I just talked to Rodrigo Maia and David Alcolumbre about the solar taxation proposed by Aneel. The President of the Chamber of Deputies will urgently put to a vote a bill prohibiting the taxation of solar energy. So will the president of the Senate as well. Case closed,” wrote Bolsonaro.
Aneel is an autonomous agency and the federal government usually cannot interfere with its work.
Back in November, Bolsonaro vetoed a bill that allowed tax exemptions for solar equipment imports, citing that the document did not present compensation measures to avoid impact on the government's fiscal target.