Brazil registers 49 GW of renewables for April 4 tender

Wind park in Brazil. Author: Fotos GOVBA. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

January 8 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's state-owned energy research firm EPE said on Friday that 48,713 MW of renewable energy projects have registered for the next auction, which is to be held on April 4, 2018.

Overall, 1,672 green energy projects will compete for contracts. More details by capacity are available in the table.

Technology Number of projects Capacity
Wind 931 26,198 MW
Solar 620 20,021 MW
Biomass 28 1,422 MW
Large hydro (UHE) 3 114 MW
Small hydro (PCH) 67 896 MW
Mini hydro (CGH) 23 63 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 solar, wind and biomass power supply contracts, while hydropower projects will compete for 30-year contracts. The power plants should commence operations on January 1, 2022, EPE noted.

Back in December, Brazil awarded around 4,561.1 MW of combined power supply contracts in two tenders.

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