Brazil's Piaui state government announced on Monday it is planning to add 40 MW of solar capacity under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model.
More specifically, Piaui is looking to develop eight photovoltaic (PV) projects of 5 MW each, which will allow the state's public administration to become energy self-sufficient. This initiative is a first in the country concerning the public sector.
Piaui estimates that more than BRL 200 million (USD 51.8m/EUR 45.9m) will be invested in the eight projects. When completed, these solar power plants are estimated to cut the state government's electricity bill by 14%.
The government expects to hire four companies to develop the PV facilities through a competitive process expected to be launched in September 2019.