Low-Cost

Distributed Energy


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Table of key features

Vintage Status Technology Policy Target Fund 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, the changing of political leadership and the promise of pension fund reform, Brazil has an opportunity to overhaul its energy infrastructure with gigawatts of DG projects.

Sample Projects

Brazil Biogas Landfill Power Installation
Barra Mansa I: 1MW

Whether we like it or not, organic waste in a landfill undergoes an anaerobic digestion process that produces carbon dioxide, methane and other harmful gases which leach into the air. By “mining” the landfill to collect the methane and use it to power combustion turbines, we prevent methane (a far more harmful gas than carbon dioxide) from entering the atmosphere. Barra Mansa I does exactly that. An international bank rented the plant to use the electricity to electrify over 50 of its bank locations throughout Rio de Janeiro state.

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 community solar policies that drive Brazil’s DG industry, the Sao Fernando power plant can now be rented by SmartFit, one of the fastest growing brands in Brazil, to reduce their carbon footprint and save on energy costs.

Brazil Hydro Power Installation