Solar Energy

Partial u-turn by UK Government leaves residential solar still attractive

17 December 2015

The UK Government has responded to a national campaign by the Solar Trade Association (STA), with support from organisations ranging from the Church of England to the CBI, which opposed its plans to slash support for renewables. The Department of Energy and Climate Change today announced its final decision on the new Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates for 2016, revealing that FiT levels for homeowners and small businesses have been increased significantly compared to the original proposals (download the full response here).

The cut in domestic tariffs will now be 64% to 4.39p/kWh, instead of the original proposal of cuts of up to 87% to 1.63p/kWh. The current rate is 12p/kWh. The new tariffs will come into force from 8 February, and the deadline for projects to receive the current higher tariffs is now 15 January 2016.


Brazilian auction awards 1.47 GW of contracts to solar and wind power developers

16 November 2015

Last Friday's reserve energy auction in Brazil awarded 1.47 GW of contracts for solar and wind. The 53 winning projects are committed to supply energy from November 2018 for 20 years, at an average price of R$249 / MW/h. The price represented a discount of 15.35% from the ceiling set by Aneel, the electricity regulator. The average price for the participating solar projects was R$297.75, compared to the ceiling price in this auction for solar of R$ 381 - and below the average price secured in August's dedicated solar auction, which was R$301.79. The average price for the 20 winning wind projects was R$203.46. A total of 548.2 MW of wind power was contracted, but solar dominated the auction, with 1.1 GWp contracted through 33 projects. Combined with the 834 MW contracted in August's solar only auction, this means that the total volume of utility scale solar contracted in Brazil through central government auctions alone this year is approaching 2GW.

Key auction players in solar included SunEdison, which secured contracts for four parks in Bahia, equivalent to 117; a consortium including Solatio and Solairedirect, with four parks in Minas Gerais, Solairedirect alone with a further three parks in Rio Grande do Norte and Tractebel, with 9.2 MW in Rio Grande do Norte. APODI contracted 120 MW through four projects in Ceará, while Steelcon won contracts for three projects in Tocantins, totalling 90 MW.

The big winners in wind were EDP Renováveis, with five projects in Bahia, Rio Energy, with eight projects in Bahia, Voltalia (of France), with a plant in Rio Grande do Norte and Gestamp Eolica with a plant in Bahia.

Regular updates on solar power in Brazil are published on the BSEC Blog



DuPont, Brazil and Advanced Materials for the Solar Industry

Leonidas Andrade, Marketing Manager Latin America, DuPont Electronics & Communication, works at DuPont Brazil since 1993. A founder of the Photovoltaic Systems Group at ABINEE (the Brazilian Electrical and Electronic Industry Association), he was the Director of this group since its creation five years ago. Earlier this year he stepped down from this position, but remains actively involved as the group Vice Director. Leonidas Andrade was a speaker at Brazil Solar Energy Conference (BSEC) 2015 and DuPont was a sponsor of the conference. Anne McIvor of Cleantech Investor interviewed him at the event.

First published on the Brazil Solar Energy Conference (BSEC) website in July 2015

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Anne: DuPont is a household name around the world – could you remind us a bit about the history of the company?

Leonidas: For 213 years, DuPont has brought world class science and engineering to the global marketplace through innovative products, materials and services. DuPont has been present in Brazil since 1937.

A: What are the most important strategic objectives of DuPont?

L: DuPont is proud to build on its heritage by partnering with others to tackle the unprecedented challenges in food, energy and protection now facing our world.

With the global population expected to approach nine billion by 2050, DuPont is working with customers, governments, NGOs and thought leaders to discover solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Together, we believe we can provide enough healthy food for the world’s population, protect people and the environment and decrease dependence on fossil fuels, with more sustainable energy solutions such as solar, for generations to come.

A: What are the key businesses areas for DuPont today?

L: Our market-driven innovation introduces thousands of new products and patent applications every year, serving markets as diverse as agriculture, nutrition, electronics and communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.


Brazil sets date for first solar auction of 2015

First published on the BSEC Blog, 16 March 2015

The Brazilian Government has confirmed that the first dedicated solar energy auction for 2015 will take place on 14 August. Utility scale solar developers who are successful in the auction will have two years to build their projects, after which they will be awarded a 20-year PPA (contract) for the supply of energy to the national grid.

The policy of Brazil’s Ministry of Mines & Energy involves dedicated solar energy auctions, which are intended to contribute to a diversification of the nation’s energy mix. Brazil has been suffering from severe droughts, which have depleted water levels in the hydro electricity reserves (the dominant source of electricity in Brazil) resulting in outages this year. The situation has forced Brazil to import electricity from neighbours.

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