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Brazil: Energy Ministry with Big Plans for Solar

Dear Solarthermalworld.org Reader, 

 

The focus of the Intersolar South America in Sao Paulo: photovoltaics. Increasing electricity prices in Brazil and net metering options have generated interest among PV manufacturers from all over the world. This only made it even more crucial for the newly founded Brazilian solar thermal industry association Abrasol to fly the flag, since the sector is facing uncertain times because of changing regulations and delayed federal programmes. The opening speech on the Strategic Importance of Solar Thermal in Brazil, the title of the solar heat conference day on 23 August, came from Eduardo Azevedo, the State Secretary of Energy Planning and Development at the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy. The photo shows Abrasol´s President, Amauricio Gomes Lúcio, presenting Azevedo (right) with the Brazilian Atlas of Solar Energy, while session chair Elizabeth Duarte Pereira (left) from the UNA University Centre in Belo Horizonte in the state of Minas Gerais lauded the state secretary as an “enthusiastic solar thermal supporter.” (Photo: Intersolar South America / Solar Promotion)

 

Have a good read and sunny regards

The Editorial Team


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