May 9 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's state-owned energy research firm EPE unveiled on Tuesday that 29,411 MW of renewable energy projects have been registered for the next auction that will be held on August 31, 2018.
In addition to renewable sources, the tender will contract power from thermal plants that use natural gas and coal. Overall, 1,080 energy projects totalling 57,959 MW will compete for contracts.
More details by capacity are available in the table.
|Technology||Number of projects||Capacity|
|Large hydro (UHE)||7||333 MW|
|Small hydro (PCH)||63||919 MW|
|Mini hydro (CGH)||21||61 MW|
|Natural gas||36||27,608 MW|
In Brazil, hydropower plants (HPP) are divided into three groups depending on their capacity. UHE, with capacity exceeding 30 MW, PCH, between 1 MW and 30 MW, and CGH of up to 1 MW.
This energy tender will award 20-year supply contracts for wind power, 30-year deals for hydropower, and 25-year contracts for other sources. The power plants should commence operations on January 1, 2024, EPE noted.