30 Dec '16, 4pm

Renewables are more than megawatts to Brazil's Northeast

Renewables are more than megawatts to Brazil's Northeast

Brazil’s Northeast is twice blessed: it has among the highest solar irradiation in the country and, mainly at night, its steadiest winds. But it is also damned, as every few years it faces multi-year droughts. For this reason the nine Northeastern states – which account for 25% of Brazil’s 200 million population – have been among the poorest, least developed historically. In the past decade, however, this seemed to be changing thanks to a drive for income redistribution backed by robust industrial and energy policies, including the promotion of wind and solar power. By the end of 2016 the region accounted for over 80% of Brazil’s 11GW wind capacity and will be the home to the country’s largest solar PV plant in 2017, at more than 200MW. As you drive through Piauí or Rio Grande do Norte to visit the wind power developments, you see a land devastated by almost five years of ...

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