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Brazil Laying Foundation for New Solar Market #solarenergy

Meanwhile, a number of Brazilian utilities, now building their first solar power plants, are anticipating the auctioning of electricity from their soon-to-be-built facilities on the unregulated commercial market for electricity, says Andrea Lombardo, a spokesperson for Eletrosul Centrais Eletricas, or Eletrosul, a state utility based in Florianopolis, in southern Santa Catarina state. The utility provides about 17 percent of the country's electricity. Eletrosul itself has commissioned a 1-megawatt (MW) solar demonstration plant for its headquarters, which will cover both buildings and parking structures. The project is being financed in part by Germany's KfW Bankengruppe. Eletrosul also has cooperated with the University of Rio Grande do Sul to produce domestic photovoltaic modules, with the aim helping to boot-strap the domestic photovoltaic industry. While the on-grid ma...

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