Happy about the agreement: Antonio Vituri (Financial Director Eletrosul), Eurides Mescolotto
(President of Eletrosul), Helmut Gauges (Director General KfW Entwicklungsbank),
Rüdiger Hartmann (Director KfW Entwicklungsbank). Source: KfW
Brazil is increasingly focusing on the use of solar electricity. In Florianópolis in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, the largest grid-connected photovoltaic system thus far in the country is being built. These systems are being installed on the roofs and parking spaces of the state energy supplier Electrosul and will be completed by the end of this year. With a peak capacity of one megawatt (one MWp) and an annual electricity generation of 1,200 megawatt hours, the system will be able to feed five times as much electricity into the national supply grid as all other current solar systems in Brazil combined.
KfW Entwicklungsbank is supporting the construction of this solar facility on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment with EUR 2.8 million. A financing agreement has been signed with Eletrosul at the KfW Berlin branch. Representatives of the Brazilian embassy, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) were present at the signing.
The tremendous opportunities that Brazil's sun offers to produce electricity have been too little used. The country can catch up a lot in this respect. The location in Brazil that receives the least sunlight still has a 40 per cent higher level of solar radiation than the location in Germany with the most days of sunlight. Nevertheless, the use of solar energy in Brazil is thus far underdeveloped due to lack of financing and unclear framework conditions. The total installed capacity of grid-connected photovoltaics is currently only 0.2 MWp. In comparison: alone in 2010 an additional 7,408 MWp were installed in Germany.
With the pilot project KfW Entwicklungsbank and Electrosul want to focus stronger public and political attention on the use of electricity from solar power as alternative to fossil energy resources. This will help pave the path for sustainable development of solar energy in Brazil. Further supporters of the project are the GIZ and the Brazilian non-governmental organisation "Instituto IDEAL", which advises on the marketing of solar electricity and the training of technicians. The project supports the implementation of the German-Brazilian energy agreement, which was signed by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazil's President Ignacio Lula da Silva in May 2008. In the process Brazil will from Germany's decades of experience in the promotion and development of renewable energies. Both countries will thus make a contribution to global climate protection.
Starting Point for a Stronger Commitment
For KfW Entwicklungsbank, the innovative pilot project is the starting point for a stronger commitment in the Brazilian solar energy sector. Already additional funds to promote solar energy have been pledged as part of the Initiative for Climate Change and Environmental Protection (IKLU) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Solar systems will be constructed on the roofs of several soccer stadiums so at the World Cup 2010 soccer fans, visitors and spectators will be able to see how clean energy can be attained from solar power. Source: Kfw