Brazil's Rio de Janeiro to get new solar power atlas
Solar array. Author: David Goehring. License: Creative Commons
Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state will have a new map of the areas suitable for solar farm installations as part of its renewable energy programme Rio Capital da Energia.
The new document has been collecting data since December 2014 and will be ready by 2016, as noted in a government press release on Thursday.
According to Maria Paula Martins, Rio Capital da Energia coordinator, the updated atlas is necessary to take a full advantage of the solar power potential and attract large-scale photovoltaic (PV) projects.
The project is a partnership between the Department of Economic Development, local company EDF Norte Fluminense, run by Electricite de France SA (EPA:EDF), as well as PUC-Rio University and engineering firm EGPE Consult.
Currently, Rio de Janeiro has 33 PV plants in operation, with a total capacity of 555 kW. The largest plant, Solar Maracana of 360 kW, installed by Light and EDF Norte Fluminense, is also part of the Rio Capital da Energia portfolio.