Nov 5, 2012 - Brazilian energy sector watchdog Aneel has received requests for the installation of a total 29 photovoltaic (PV) plants with a combined capacity of 673 MW, local power news portal Jornal da Energia said today citing publications of the State Gazette from last Wednesday and Thursday.
Brazilian green energy developer Vila Energia Renovavel alone filed requests for 194 MW to be distributed among 10 PV plants, planned to be built in the Bom Jesus da Lapa city of northeastern Bahia state.
Home sector player Bioenergy Geradora de Energia requested authorisation for the development of eight projects with a total capacity of 152 MW.
The ventures, dubbed Terra do Sol I, II, III, IV, V, X, XII and XIII, are also intended to be located in Bahia.
Another three undertakings planned to be constructed in the state belong to Solyes Geradora, Brejui Solar Energia and Murion Solar Energia, with 44 MW, 30 MW and 30 MW, respectively.
Braxenergy Desenvolvimento de Projetos de Energia, besides filing a request for installation of PV venture in Bahia, wants to build another one in the Aracatuba city of southeastern Sao Paulo state. Both projects sum up capacity of 43 MW.
Northeastern Paraiba and southeastern Minas Gerais states appear in the requests with three 30-MW PV plants projects each.
By law, filing a request for authorisation with Aneel is the first step of a process in which the project manager may initiate consultation with Brazil's National Electricity System Operator (ONS) and the respective energy distributors for access to the grid. The application is also necessary for the start of the environmental licencing of the planned facility.
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