Goiás looks to boost Brazil solar industry

Friday, February 17, 2017

Brazil's Goiás state government launched a program to promote solar power use in the public and private sectors.

The state's environment, water resources, infrastructure, cities and metropolitan affairs department (Secima) will manage Programa Goiás Solar, which includes credit line FCO SOL.

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Other measures include simplifying environmental licensing and installing solar panels in public housing, which already is underway.

"We are very confident that [distributor] Enel will be a strategic partner," according to governor Marconi Perillo (pictured), who met power utility Celg-D's new president José Nunes.

Henrique Tibúrcio, head of the state's development agency GoiásFomento, announced that a financing line for solar PV energy companies was increased to 200,000 reais (US$65,000) from 50,000 reais.

For its part, Goiás finance department presented a bill to remove value added tax (ICMS) from equipment and supplies used to build PV plants.

Other program participants include the country's solar energy association Absolar and Solbras Sinergia.

Although installed solar capacity grew faster than any other source last year, up 277% to 80MW, it represents less than 0.1% of Brazil's total capacity, according to the mines and energy ministry.

For a look at early stage solar projects in Brazil, go to the BNamericas Project Profiles Database, which includes: