January 24 (Renewables Now) - Semar, the state secretary of environment and water resources of the Brazilian state of Piaui, awarded a preliminary licence (LP) for a solar complex project of about 540 MW.
Owned by local port infrastructure company Grupo Interalli, the project is designed to cover an area of 2,100 hectares (5,189 acres), the firm announced on Tuesday.
Named Complexo Fotovoltaico Marangatu, the photovoltaic (PV) facility will be comprised of 18 solar farms located in Brasileira municipality. Construction is expected to commence on the second half of 2019, but first the company will need to obtain the required installation licence (LI).
The LP only attests to the environmental feasibility of the projects and does not give the go-ahead for the start of construction works and ground interventions.
PV power generation is on the rise in Brazil, with industry and government estimating a growth of 300% for 2019 and investments of USD 100 billion (EUR 87.8bn) by 2040, Interalli said in a statement.
(USD 1 = EUR 0.88)