August 23 (Renewables Now) - The Mines and Energy Commission of Brazil's House of Representatives approved a bill to simplify the environmental licensing for solar, biomass and small hydropower plants (HPPs).
Under the PL 1962/15, the mentioned clean energy plants will be exempt from the Environmental Impact Study and the Environmental Impact Report (EIA/Rima), if considered of low environmental impact, the government announced on Thursday.
Small power plants with capacity ranging from 100 kW to 1 MW, may receive the go-ahead upon presentation of relevant documents without prior licensing.
Deputy Benes Leocadium, the rapporteur of the proposal, also introduced an amendment granting exemption from the Industrialised Products Tax (IPI) for electric converters and alternating current generators, regardless of their country of origin. Originally, the tax exemption was only applied to equipment manufactured locally.