Low-Cost

Distributed Energy


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Table of key features

Vintage Status Technology Policy Target Portfolio Size Markets
2019 Open For Investment Solar, Small Hydro and Landfill Biogas Community Solar $250mm Entire Country

How It Works

Brazil’s energy economy endured decades of price manipulation that glossed over the true cost of energy. Unsustainable subsidies recently expired, resulting in 3x price increases for energy throughout the country over a period of two years. An over-dependency on large-scale hydro electric infrastructure has exposed the energy economy to a concentration risk that is best mitigated through low-cost distributed generation (“DG”) options that are yet to be tapped. Brazil’s heavily-regulated energy market prevented DG from being accessible to customers until now. With the passage of critical DG legislation and the changing of political leadership, Brazil has an opportunity to overhaul its energy infrastructure with gigawatts of DG projects.

Sample Projects

Sao Fernando: 1MW ac

The Sao Fernando hydro plant started as the sole source of electricity for a family farm up in the hills of northwestern Rio de Janeiro. The farm was connected to the grid many years ago and the plant was abandoned by the family in lieu of energy provided by the grid. Energea acquired the plant to refurbish it and connect it, for the first time, to the grid in accordance with Brazil’s distributed generation policies. Thanks to new remote generation policies that drive Brazil’s DG industry, the Sao Fernando power plant can now be rented by Smart Fit, one of the fastest growing brands in Brazil, to reduce their carbon footprint and save on energy costs.

Brazil Hydro Power Installation