March 11 (Renewables Now) - Brazilian power distributor Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA (BVMF:ELET3), or Eletrobras, was chosen to be in charge of a programme aimed at supplying solar energy to 70,000 families in the Amazonian region.
The decision was made by the Ministry of Mines and Energy and announced today in the country's Official Gazette. Named "Mais Luz para a Amazonia," the initiative calls for the installation of photovoltaic (PV) panels in low income communities in remote areas of the Legal Amazon region.
The programme will cover homes that do not have access to the electricity network in nine states -- Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Mato Grosso, Para, Rondonia, Tocantins and Maranhao, the government stated previously.
The availability of solar electricity will, among other things, allow the construction of hospitals, schools and other public facilities. The residents of these regions will also have the opportunity to develop other economic activities, the government noted.