Brazil recieves over 70 percent of it’s electricity from hydroelectric generation which is usually thought of as being clean energy. However in the last few years, climate change has caused reduced rainfall and draughts all over the country. This reduction in rain fall has caused the reserviors for the hydro stations to be be depleted which means not only is the country facing water shortages but now also power black outs.
This new reality of climate change has officials in Brasil rethinking their energy resources and the focus is quickly changing to solar power. Here is the latest example of this change in strategy.
Canadian Solar recently annonced plans to build solar modules in a new manufacturing facility in Sorocaba, Brazil. The new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will be Brazil’s largest, with 380 MW annual capacity of made in Brazil solar modules.
Official Ground Breaking.
The official inauguration of this state-of-the-art new solar module facility was attended by the distinguished Mr. Geraldo Alckmin, Governor for the State of Sao Paulo, Mr. Eduardo Azevedo, Secretary from the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Mr. Antonio Carlos Pannunzio, Mayor of Sorocaba and Mr. Rick Savone, Canadian Ambassador to Brazil.
Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar Inc., commented,
This is a great day for Canadian Solar, the supportive local government, and the people of Brazil. Our new state-of-the-art facility is already having a positive impact on Brazil’s economy through the jobs created, investment made in the local economy, and our help in the promotion and further development of the country’s renewable energy industry. Our current solar project portfolio in Brazil has reached 390 MWp, of which EDF EN do Brazil, the local subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, bought 80% of the equity interest of our 191 MW Pirapora I project (expected to come online in 3Q17). We now gain a powerful competitive advantage with our new local content facility, which we will leverage in Brazil, one of the world’s most attractive and fastest growing solar markets.
As of September 30, 2016, Canadian Solar’s late-stage pipeline totaled 2.0 GWp of utility-scale solar project pipeline worldwide, along with a portfolio of operating solar power plants totaling 948 MWp. In Brazil, the Company’s current utility-scale solar project pipeline reaches 390 MWp. This is comprised of its 191 MWp Pirapora I project, 109 MWp Pirapora II project and 90 MWp Vazante project.
The Pirapora I project is in construction and expected to reach commercial operation in 3Q17, with the Pirapora II and Vazante projects expected to reach commercial operation in 2018. Canadian Solar will supply made-in Brazil solar modules for its projects.
Source: Canadian Solar
About Gordon Smith Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.