Brazil readies big push on solar energy but companies are wary

Grappling with its worst energy crisis in more than a decade, Brazil is making its first big move to develop a local solar power industry that could help reduce its dependence on a battered hydro power system. In October, Brazil will hold an auction to negotiate energy to be produced exclusively by solar farms, the first ever of the kind in the South American country. Power companies have registered some 400 projects for the auction, but many remain wary of the outlook for solar power in Brazil and say they need more clarity on investment conditions and financing before signing any deals. The auction could negotiate up to 10 gigawatts (GW), although industry sources estimate final volumes at a much smaller level, varying from 500 megawatts (MW) to 1 GW. Sun-kissed Brazil has one of the highest solar radiation factors in the world and plenty of land for solar farms, plus large reserves of silicon, used to make solar panels. Yet the country has almost no solar power generation, while its BRICS partner China, for example, added 12 gigawatts last year alone – enough to supply around 10 million homes. cont'd..

InterBattery 2014 One of Four Top Industry Shows Part of Energy Week Korea 2014

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SoloPower Systems Announces Partnership with the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC)

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Improvements made to the six original bags in the Tradesman Pro line

The Swedish Royal Institute of Technology sets new fuel efficiency record with Midsummer's flexible solar cells

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Distributed Generation and New Technologies Are Improving Energy Efficiency, Reducing Need to Replace Generation Capacity

New Solar + Storage Microgrid Project to Provide Resilient Power

Unique Federal-State-Utility-NGO Partnership Supports New Approach to Protect Communities

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Energy brokerage company, Alternative Utility Services, Inc. (AUS) now licensed to offer natural gas services in Maryland.

Clean Footprint to Host Webinar Regarding Solar for Massachusetts Businesses

Attendees will learn how rule changes make going solar in Massachusetts an affordable and easy way for businesses to stabilize energy costs

SIERRA CLUB LAUNCHES DIGITAL ADS THANKING WIND POWER CHAMPIONS IN ILLINOIS' CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION

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APAC is Expected to Drive the Global Industry Growth

The global smart grid market has experienced good growth over the last five years and is expected to continue its growth momentum, reaching approximately US $64.3 billion by 2017.

6th Alternative Power Exhibition

2014 alternative power exhibition came with a bang in Lagos and it was a success .

Argand Energy Solutions Announces the Sale of Majority Interest in the Company Argand Energy Solutions is now Entropy Solar Integrators

Argand Energy Solutions is now Entropy Solar Integrators

Suntech Panels Continue to Shine: Receives Another Best in Class Rating from OST Energy

OST Energy releases an independent technical review on Wuxi Suntech's products and manufacturing

China outstrips Germany to become world's biggest solar market

Hanergy Holding Group and China New Energy Chamber of Commerce issue Global Renewable Energy Report 2014

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