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Growatt has been actively expanding into the Americas for the past years with increasing investments in local warehouses, service teams and training workshops across the continent. On 8th November Growatt’s Shine Elite training workshop is held at World Trade Center in Sao Paulo of Brazil.

Installers, EPCs and distributors joined the event to learn about Growatt’s latest product innovations, technology advantages, inverter selection, and installation precautions etc. “Growatt entered Brazil solar market in 2016 and since then our business has been growing fast. Earlier this year we have set up Brazil Service Center in Mogi das Cruzes to strengthen our service capability and support our sales,” said William Xu, Growatt sales manager.

growatt-2MIN 2500-6000TL-X and MAC 50-60KTL3-X were on display at the workshop. Attendees had the opportunity to take a look at these most up-to-date inverters and learn PV technology trends. “Growatt is dedicated to R&D and product innovations. The X series inverters are our latest product developments. And we believe these inverters will become the popular solution for residential or commercial solar plants in Brazil,” Xu introduced.

Growatt adopts advanced internal design and premium materials for its X series inverters. They are light, compact and reliable. Growatt uses OLED display and touch button, which provides longer life span and better user experience. MIN 2500-6000TL-X is ideal for the PV system of household users . It’s reliable, light, compact and cute. For commercial and industrial projects, Xu strongly recommend using MAC inverters. MAC has high efficiency of up to 98.8%, 3 MPPTs for flexible installation and 1.3 DC/AC ratio for system oversizing.

Our X series inverters come with fantastic features and reliability. By connecting to Growatt Online Smart Service(OSS) system, customers can monitor, manage and maintain PV systems remotely. It saves time and money. Overall, Growatt X series inverters appeal to customers, and in terms of functionalities and ROI they are very competitive in the market, ” Xu said.

Source: Growatt

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Powertis, a company that invests in the development, structuring, financing, construction and operation of large-scale solar PV projects, is developing a 765 MW photovoltaic solar portfolio in the states of Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo, in Brazil. The portfolio consists of one project of 495 MW and three projects of 90 MW each. The Spanish company Soltec will be responsible for supplying solar trackers in all plants and facilitating installation and construction services. These projects will need an investment of B$2.500 MB$ (552 M€) approximately and will supply the energy needed for more than 1,150,000 households.

This portfolio has energy sales contracts (or PPAs – Power Purchase Agreements) with two Brazilian frontline off-takers that will allow the operation of the plant by Powertis until the end of 2041. The projects will begin operations in January 2021 and January 2022.

The projects will be financed by BNDES (Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social) and BNB (Banco do Nordeste), with an expected financial closing date in Q4 2019 and Q1 2020.

Their strategic and financial advisor is BTG Pactual, a leading bank in Brazil in the area of M&A and financing in the energy sector.

Powertis expects that the construction of these solar plants will create more than 7,200 direct and indirect jobs during installation and construction phases, which will be complemented by more than 160 permanent direct and indirect jobs when the plant is in operation.

The company has become one of the main PV investors in Brazil after the acquisition of more than 700 MW in solar projects, and a leader in the ACL and bilateral PPAs markets. “With the construction of these four projects, Powertis continues to strengthen its position in the Brazilian market and also contributes to the generation of jobs through the implementation of clean energy”, says Pablo Otín, CEO of Powertis.

Source: Powertis

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The overall renewable power capacity in Brazil is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6% from 31 GW in 2018 to 60.8GW in 2030, according to GlobalData.

GlobalData’s latest report: “Brazil Power Market Outlook to 2030, Update 2019 – Market Trends, Regulations, and Competitive Landscape” reveals that increased renewable energy auctions, promotion of hybrid renewable energy projects and other government initiatives such as tax incentives, smart metering, renewable energy targets and favorable grid access policies for renewable energy are likely to result in renewable expansion by 2030.

Between 2019 and 2030, solar PV and onshore wind segments are expected to grow at CAGRs of 14% and 6%, respectively. The significant rise in these two technologies will result in renewable energy being the second largest contributor to the country’s energy mix by 2030.

The connection of over 25,000 power systems, mostly solar PV systems to the Brazilian grid in mid-2018 under the net metering scheme, further underpins the renewable growth pattern over the forecast period.

The main challenges for Brazil’s power sector are its overdependence on cheap hydropower for base-load capacity and lack of a robust power grid infrastructure. In 2018, hydropower accounted for 62.7% of the country’s total installed capacity. In case of a drought, depletion of dam reservoirs could result in power shortages and switching over to costly thermal power which will increase the electricity prices.

In the long term, hydropower capacity is expected to decline and be compensated with increased renewable power capacity. On the other hand, thermal and renewable capacities are slated to increase and contribute 28% and 18%, respectively of the installed capacity in 2030.

Brazil is moving towards a balanced energy mix as it prepares to double its non-hydro renewable power capacity by 2030. With an almost 10GW increase in thermal power capacity by 2030 compared to 2018, the country is on course to better manage peak demand, reduce dependence on hydropower and maintain a healthy grid.

Source: Globaldata

EDP Renewables, S.A. (“EDPR”), through its subsidiary EDP Renováveis Brasil, S.A. (“EDPR Brasil”), secured a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement to sell the energy set to be produced by the Pereira Barreto solar photovoltaic park. The project, located in the Brazilian State of São Paulo, has a total capacity of 199 MW and the contract is set to enter into force in 2022.

With this contract EDPR enters the Brazilian solar energy market, while reinforcing and diversifying its presence in a market with a low risk profile, through the establishment of long term contracts, attractive renewable resources and with solid prospects in the medium and long term.

Through this partnership, EDPR will have 1 GW of renewable energy projects under construction and development in Brazil, to start operations between 2018 and 2024, all with long-term contracts secured.

“This contract is yet another demonstration of just how important Brazil is for EDP Renewable’s strategy and that of the parent group globally. Our entry into the Brazilian solar energy market is also a commitment to our diversification of energy production technology, without ever forgetting the increasing importance of clean energy. Brazil is a priority market, which is providing us with growth opportunities” said António Mexia, CEO of the EDP Group.

JA Solar one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-performance solar power products, has announced that it will supply 8.1 MW of its high-efficiency mono PERC modules to the first solar power plant utilizing PERC modules in Brazil.

Located in Minas Gerais, this project marks the country’s first ground-mounted utility-scale solar power plant to adopt PERC technology. The solar plant was acquired by Sindustrial, a leading construction and electrical panel manufacture company, and Solatio Energia, the largest solar project developer in Brazil. The solar power plant, which is situated in a semi-desert area, will be powered by JA Solar’s high-efficiency mono PERC modules. These high-performance solar modules can ensure high power and stable output under extreme environmental conditions including high temperature and drought, optimizing profits generated from the solar plant for our customers.

Separately, JA Solar’s high-efficiency mono PERC modules are also well received by the distribution channels in Brazil. WEG, one of the leading Brazilian electric power companies, recently ordered 7.8 MW of JA Solar’s mono PERC modules for distribution to maintain its competitive position in the marketplace.

Mr. Cao Bo, Vice President of JA Solar, commented: “Brazil has abundant solar energy resources and represents a promising market for solar energy. JA Solar entered the Brazilian market in 2015, and provided a total of 254MW of solar modules for the country’s biggest solar plant in 2016. Additionally, we established our Brazilian subsidiary last year, expanding our presence and further supporting our customers and partners in the region. JA Solar is committed to our R&D efforts to develop high-performance solar modules. As a PERC patent holder, JA Solar is capable of providing our Brazilian customers with more reliable products and services.

Source: JA Solar

ABB will install Latin America’s first digitally-enabled substation in the city of Juazeiro, northeastern Brazil. The new 230-kV substation and connection bay at the Juazeiro II substation will deliver power from a 156- MW PV power plant under development in the area. The Juazeiro solar project is owned and operated by UK-based investment firm Actis and its renewable energy arm in Latin America, Atlas Renewable Energy.

ABB will deliver the entire Juazeiro substation and provide a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) for protection and control as well as state-of-the-art SAM600 merging units in the switchyard, all conforming to the IEC61850 open communications standard. Copper cables will be replaced with digital fiber optic cables. The digital substation is an ABB Ability™ based technology which helps enhancing controllability and reliability while optimizing the customers’ costs.

A substation works like the heart of a power grid, transmitting and distributing electricity to distant locations, so safety, security, reliability and efficiency are essential. Switching to digital fiber optic connections can reduce the quantity of copper wire needed in a substation extensively, which is a significant cost saving. Digital substations also require substantially less space, and increase safety for personnel because system supervision with digital equipment reduces the need for manual intervention and eliminates the possibility of dangerous electrical shocks in the substation control room.

In 2017, ABB completed an upgrade of a similar project in a substation in New York City, where digital technologies have been applied to the system supplying power to hundreds of thousands of customers in Manhattan. ABB also recently won an order from TAURON Dystrybucja SA, one of Poland’s leading power utilities, for the first digital substation installation in Poland.

Ingeteam has recently supplied its equipment for a solar PV generation project in Brazil. This PV inverter supply, totaling 150 MW, is directed at a project comprising five solar plants, each with an installed capacity of 30 MW.

For this project, the developing company has acquired two different configurations of the 1,500 Vdc Inverter Station solution developed by Ingeteam. On the one hand, Ingeteam has delivered 4.5 MW Inverter Stations combining 3 MW dual inverters and 1.5 MW central inverters. While, it has also supplied 3 MW Inverter Stations equipped with one dual inverter. Both configurations are completed with a skid or metal platform containing the rest of the equipment required to inject medium voltage power: LV/MV transformer, oil deposit, medium voltage switchgear, auxiliary services transformer and low voltage switchgear.

 

Furthermore, the supply also includes an INGECON® SUN EMS Plant Controller. Developed by Ingeteam, this plant control system will allow these five PV plants to implement on-demand production strategies, reactive power compensation, frequency regulation and power factor control, among others. Thanks to this system, the solar plant management possibilities are similar to those of a conventional energy generation plant.

The equipment supplied is to be installed in a number of phases and the project, located in the north of the state of São Paulo, is expected to be up and running by the end of 2017.

Scope of supply

For these projects, Ingeteam has supplied:

30 inverter stations equipped with all the necessary equipment to inject medium voltage power: 1,500 Vdc dual PV inverters, LV/MV transformer, oil deposit, medium voltage switchgear, auxiliary services transformer and low voltage switchgear.
Plant control system.
Commissioning of the system and technical training in the field.

Source: Ingeteam

The balance of non-conventional renewable energies in Latin America once again reflects vigorous growth in 2016, exceeding US$8bn of which the lion’s share goes to wind power, with around 70% of the total investment volume. In the last five years, cumulative installed wind power for the whole region has almost increased fivefold, standing at almost 19,000 MW as at the end of 2016. Interestingly, 80% of that potential is distributed between two large markets, Brazil and Mexico, with a further 15% of the total shared between Chile and Uruguay. This latter country has the highest uptake of wind power generation in the sub-continent’s electrical system, with over 24% of all the country’s electricity needs supplied by wind power during 2016.

 

This increase in the consumption of electricity produced from non-conventional renewable energy sources, is a trend that is only evident where energy policies have been implemented designed to eliminate barriers to the entry of new technologies into the power markets. The measures undertaken have made it possible to sustainably and repeatedly activate investments in this economic activity. In most cases, these measures have not included support for the prices of power generation from these sources.

The four markets that captured over 90% of total investments in the region have all reinforced their policies, by adopting more ambitious targets, rolling-out programmes and designing regulatory mechanisms to increase the deployment of these energy sources in their electricity systems. Read more…

Ramón Fiestas
President of the Latin American Committee, Global Wind Energy Council

Article published in: FuturENERGY June 2017

Parque eólico de Nordex en Brasil / Nordex wind farm in Brazil

The Nordex Group has now secured a major contract for the delivery of 65 AW125/3000 wind turbines. The “Lagoa do Barro” project is composed of eight individual wind farms that will be installed in the state of Piaui in north-eastern Brazil. The wind power systems are to be delivered and installed from mid-2017.

The turbines are designed to make optimum use of the high wind speeds prevailing at these sites. Accordingly, the project planners expect to achieve an above-average capacity factor of around 58%.

 

The customer and future operator of the wind farms is Atlantic Renewable Energy, a developer and operator of wind and hydropower projects in Brazil. The company is owned by private equity fund Actis, one of the leading investors in the fast-growing emerging markets.

With their commitment to sustainability, both companies are focusing on efficient power stations which can be operated with a minimum environmental impact. Moreover, the projects have been structured to increase local manufacturing content. For this reason, the Nordex Group will be using locally produced towers for the “Lagoa do Barro” complex. “This reduces capex, minimises the environmental impact and creates local jobs,” explains Patxi Landa, Chief Sales Officer at Nordex SE.

Source: Nordex Group

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Exosun, worldwide leading supplier of advanced, cost-effective solar tracking solutions for ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) plants, has obtained from the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) the FINAME code number 3418617 for its Exotrack HZ solar tracker, which assures the compliance with Brazilian local content requirements through its subsidiary Exosun Brazil Ltda.
Luiz Carlos Lima Alves, General Manager of Exosun Brazil says “After this long process we are satisfied that our customers can have access to competitive lines off financing through BNDES, BNB and others development banks to buy our tracker system. We are convinced that obtaining the FINAME, added with our strong local team commitment will allow us to offer competitive solutions that will make a difference in the market.

 

In the last year, we have been working to ensure 70% of our Exotrack HZ is manufactured in Brazil. The production areas are Rio Grande do Sul, Minas Gerais and Bahia. Today, we have a yearly manufacturing capacity of 280 MW, which is a good starting point when adding our group capacity of 2 GW per year“ adds Francois Ménard, Exosun’s CEO.

The Brazilian Market has more than 3GW to be built before November 2018, with 92% to be installed with solar tracking technologies. Indeed, the net-metering market has increased on last year and also would use trackers to improve the yield of projects, overall to projects above 1MWp, when is most attractive in terms of return of investments.

Source: Exosun

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