Brazil: alliance for the realization of 600 MW of PV in 10 years


Brazilian company Manserv and the Spanish group Assyce have set up a company focused on the construction of photovoltaic plants in the north-eastern area of the South American country. Called Sistema de Energia Renovável (Ser), the new company has extremely ambitious goals

In fifth place worldwide in 2010 for investments in renewable energies, with a total amount of USD 7 billion (according to the recent REN21 Renewables 2011 Global Status Report), worldwide leader for the production and use of biofuels, Brazil has a long way to go with regards to the development of solar energy, still used very rarely to supply electricity. However, the geographic and climatic conditions, together with the possibilities created thanks to an economy that sees 6.5% annual growth, give the idea of an enormous potential that could come about at any moment. And Brazilian company Manserv is convinced of this, and, together with the Spanish group Assyce, has set up a company focussed on the construction of photovoltaic plants in the north-east of the country. Sistema de Energia Renovável (Ser), as it is called, has been founded with an extremely ambitious aim for a country in which PV has just started to take its first steps: that of installing, in the next ten years, about 600 MW of PV parks in the Brazilian states of Bahia, Paraíba, Rio Grande do Norte and Ceará. The first 5 MW plant is expected to be set up next yea: Ser is already assessing sites for the modules, but it will probably be built in Ceará, where negotiations are well underway. The technology used for the plants could be CdTe (cadmium telluride) thin film modules from First Solar but, "in the future we foresee a partnership with a suppliers, and the construction of a factory in Brazil," explains David Pereira, in charge of energy at Manserv. 2012 will therefore be an important year for solar energy in Brazil, also thanks to the first edition of Enersolar+ Brasil, which will take place from 11 to 13 July in San Paolo, and which will also be the first international fair dedicated to the PV and thermal solar industry, as well as that of inverters and concentrating solar energy in the country. Organized thanks to the joint venture between Artenergy Publishing - leading Italian media company in cross media for the renewable energies and high-tech sectors - and Fiera Milano, which has recently acquired the majority shares of CIPA, the most important organizer of fairs in the South American country, the event aims at favouring the development of solar energy in Brazil, a country with 190 million inhabitants and which, for the past ten years, has been undergoing continuous growth, and is now the sixth most important worldwide economy.