December 8 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's House of Representatives Environment and Sustainable Development Committee has approved a bill that encourages the use of renewable energy in irrigation systems.
The 6903/17 bill was developted in order to reconcile the country's farming with environmental preservation goals, the government said.
Solar, wind, biomass, biogas and small hydropower plants (HPP) are among the energy sources cited in the document. In addition, the bill stipulates that the National Irrigation Policy will prioritize the development of research projects in regards to the use of green energies in agriculture irrigation.
The law proposal also establishes that farmers using renewable energy in their irrigation systems may have priority treatment from the government such as access to agricultural insurance and tax incentives.
The bill is now waiting the green light from the Constitution, Justice and Citizenship Committee.