The Photovoltaic Solar Energy in Brazil and the Current Legislation

4 de maio de 2010

IEI-LA concluded in the end of 2009 two studies on Individual Power Generation Systems in Brazil: the photovoltaic solar energy and the current legislation. One about stand-alone systems and the other on grid-connected systems:

1. Evaluation of the stand-alone systems powered by intermittent energy sources in Brazil

2. Grid-connected PV systems in Brazil: Overview of the current legislation

Commissioned by PROCOBRE, the studies resulted in two publicly available reports (in Portuguese) and in a webinar, through Leonardo Energy Brazil (in Portuguese), under Leonardo Energy, on which the results were presented.

PROCOBRE is part of the Internacional Copper Association (ICA).

1) Evaluation of the stand-alone systems powered by intermittent energy sources in Brazil

Brazil has the goal to achieve universal access to electricity by the end of 2010 through the governmental program Light for All. The Brazilian Power Regulator (ANEEL) approved in 2004 the Resolution n°84 which regulates the use of Individual Power Systems From Intermitent Energy Sources (SIGFI’s) as an alternative to provide electricity access by electricity distribution utilities within their universal access goals.

After five years of its enactment, the present study has the objective of presenting an overview of SIGFI implementation by utilities in consonance to the Resolution n° 84/2004.

Download report (in Portuguese)

2) Grid-connected PV systems in Brazil: Overview of the current legislation

The increasing use of grid-connected PV systems has been one of the bets of several countries to seek for solutions to meet the growing energy services needs and at the same time satisfy criteria of economy, security of supply, public health and environmental sustainability.

In Brazil, the initiatives to promote the use of PV energy are still a few. Even though the country is endowed with a great solar energy potential, the initiatives to create and consolidate a market for the use of such technology and to develop the national industry for equipment and services are still incipient. The lack of legislation and regulation is one of the barriers pointed out.

The objective of this report is to assess the reasons to not have a specific legislation to promote the use of grid-connected PV systems in the country.
Download report (in Portuguese)

3) Webinar on Individual Power Generation Systems in Brazil: the photovoltaic solar energy and the current legislation

The recording is available here (in Portuguese).