December 19 (Renewables Now) - The Brazilian Senate approved on Tuesday a bill that authorises the implementation of wind and solar auctions for offshore power plants.
The 484/2017 bill also allows future projects to be developed in inland waters such as closed lakes and rivers. Specifically, wind farms with power above 5 MW can be developed in inland waters, the territorial sea (up to 22 km from the coast) and the exclusive economic zone (up to 370 km from the coast).
Solar power plants with a power output of more than 1 MW can still be installed on land or water bodies under the federal government control. These rules are not valid for developments on private land.
Offshore wind and solar projects of less than 5 MW and 1 MW, respectively, can be executed if regulator Aneel allows it.
The text prohibits granting concessions in areas tendered in oil and natural gas deposit auctions but it does allow for wind or solar power plants to be installed to meet the consumption of oil rigs.
Now the bill project needs to go through the lower house of the Congress.