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    A Wind Atlas for Espírito Santo

    Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

    A highlight of the Second Capixaba Energy Forum held in Vitória, the capital of the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo (ES), was the formal launch of a wind atlas for ES laying out the state’s potential for power generation from wind. The ES government hopes that the atlas will attract investment in wind power in […]

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    Caixa to Help Fund Solar Water Heater Installations

    Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

    Caixa Econômica Federal (CEF, popularly known among Brazilians as simply “Caixa”), Latin America’s largest state-owned bank, has affirmed that as part of the “Green Protocol” of commitments signed last year with the Environment Ministry (MMA), it will through its weight (and funding) behind projects that promote sustainable housing.  In addition to its new sustainable housing […]

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    Santa Catarina Supports 52 Small Hydropower Projects

    Thursday, May 21st, 2009

    The southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina (SC) has made a heavy commitment to small hydro. The SC State Secretary for Sustainable Economic Development (SDS), Onofre Santo Agostini, just signed 14 portarias authorizing the construction of 14 new small hydroelectric plants (known in Brazil as pequenas centrais hidrelétricas – PCHs). In Brazil any […]

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    BNDES Funds Wind Power Project in Piauí

    Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

    From the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES):
    The BNDES finances renewable energy project in Piauí

    Pedra do Sal, a wind power plant project, to be conducted under the Brazilian Growth Acceleration Plan, gets R$ 72 million from the Bank

    The BNDES’ Board of Directors approved a R$ 72 million loan to the wind power plant Pedra do Sal, in […]

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    The Status of Global Renewables

    Saturday, May 16th, 2009

    The Vienna, Austria-based Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has just released its latest review of the global state of adoption of renewable energy sources — solar (both photovoltaics and passive systems, such as solar water heaters), wind, geothermal, wave, biofuels and small hydro (REN21 excludes large hydropower projects from its review). […]

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    What the Other Guy Blogs About: Renewable Energy in Chile

    Monday, May 11th, 2009

    The Reegle Blog has a very good overview of the curent state of development of renewable energy projects in Chile.  My only quibble with the article is that it focuses solely on wind and solar projects, omitting other forms of renewable energy under development or being looked at in Chile, such as geothermal (where Chile […]

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    São Paulo to Put Solar Water Heaters in State’s Social Housing

    Thursday, May 7th, 2009

    The Housing and Urban Development Company (Companhia de Desenvolvimento Habitacional e Urbano – CDHU), São Paulo state’s public entity that build public housing, just signed a contract with six manufacturers of solar water heater kits to have such units installed in 15,000 houses that the CDHU is building or will build for low-income families in […]

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    The 7th Round of REEEP Projects and LAC

    Thursday, May 7th, 2009

    The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) recently announced that in its seventh funding round it will fund 49 new clean energy projects in 25 countries, including 12 involving nations in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
    REEEP is “an active, global public-private partnership that structures policy and regulatory initiatives for clean energy, and facilitates financing for energy […]

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    A Solar Atlas for Alagoas

    Monday, April 20th, 2009

    Just months after issuing an atlas of its wind power potential, the governor of the small northeastern Brazilian state of Alagoas just formally received an atlas of its solar power potential.  The new atlas is the product of a joint effort of the state government, Brazil’s state-controlled utility Eletrobras, and the Federal University of Pernambuco […]

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    R$101 mil. for Small Hydro in Bahia / R$101 milhões para PCH em Bahia

    Monday, April 13th, 2009

    From the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES):
    BNDES approves R$ 101 million in financing for Bahia PCH I
    The directors of the BNDES have approved R$ 101 million in financing for the company Bahia PCH I. The funds will be used to construct a Small Hydroelectric Plant (PCH Sítio Grande), with installed capacity of 25 megawatts (MW), and […]

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