January 27 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's EDP Solucoes em Energia has received the installation licence for a BRL-10-million (USD 2.4m/EUR 2.2m) biomass project to be built at a Heineken NV (AMS:HEIA) factory in Rio Grande do Sul state.
With the licence granted by the State Environmental Protection Agency (Fepam), the subsidiary of EDP Brasil (BVMF:ENBR3) can break ground on the project.
The project concerns a steam biomass plant at Heineken's Igrejinha municipality unit. With the new facility, the brewery intends to shift to a fully renewable energy matrix, making the production process more sustainable, the local government pointed out.
Issued in a period of just 20 days, this licence should serve as a model for all processes in Rio Grande do Sul going forward as the current average waiting period is 100 days, the Secretary for the Environment and Infrastructure, Artur Lemos Junior, said. The targeted average period is 60 days, he added.
In addition to this biomass scheme, EDP is also developing other renewable energy projects to be implemented in Rio Grande do Sul, the state government noted.
(BRL 1 = USD 0.239/EUR 0.216)