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    Espirito Santo’s Wind Atlas Finally Online

    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

    Back in June the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo (ES) unveiled its “atlas” of maps of wind power potential in that state, and urged investors to work with the state to set up wind farms.  At the time, I promised Temas Blog readers that once the ES government set up a permanent website locale for […]

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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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    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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    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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    Germans Provide $135 mil. for Brazilian Wind Power

    Friday, March 27th, 2009

    From the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES):
    BNDES executes agreement with KfW to borrow US$ 135 million
    On March 23rd, the BNDES executed a US$ 135.58 million loan agreement with KfW Entwicklungsbank (the German Development Bank) to finance wind power plant projects to be installed in Brazil by Brazilian private companies. By executing this operation, the BNDES and […]

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    Toward a Sustainable Photovoltaics Industry

    Saturday, March 14th, 2009

    Photovoltaic (PV) technology usually is portrayed as a “win-win” solution that can harness “free” solar energy to address climate change, reduce dependence on fossil fuel imports and create “green jobs.” Its greater use has often been advocated for many of the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) (see here, here, here and here).  […]

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