• The Goáis Solar Program was launched by the state government of Goáis in Brazil
  • It will look at ways to benefit from the use of solar PV and aims at increasing the share of solar PV in the state’s electricity mix
  • The rogram will see the government creating a FCO SOL Credit line to be launched in H1/2017
  • The use of solar PV is estimated to save the state government R$24 million

The Goáis state government of Brazil has launched its Goáis Solar Program to encourage the development of solar PV energy and increase the share of PV in the state’s electricity mix.

The program will be executed by the Secretariat of Environment, Water Resources, Infrastructure, Cities and Metropolitan Affairs (SECIMA). With the use of PV, the state government hopes to save an estimated R$24 million ($7.7 million).

Director of Solbras Sinergia, Rui Ruas said about the program, “We are facing a project that is complete in sustainability, ecologically correct and socially just. So, the Goiás Solar Program arrives very well. It is a program that will allow the State Government to become fully self-sufficient in solar energy.”

The program’s focus will be to ensure regulatory support and adopt measures to encourage the use of renewable sources, especially solar energy. For the purpose of this program, the government will create a FCO SOL credit line, which will be launched in the first half of 2017. It will also ensure simplification of environmental licensing for PV projects, and continue with the installation of PV in social housing. Additionally, the program will look at articulating more financing lines for the promotion of solar PV.

SECIMA Secretary Vilmar Rocha said, “We will take Goiás Solar to all regions of the state, promoting the use of solar energy in urban and rural areas, increasing the participation of this type of energy in the energy matrix, bringing greater security to consumers and diversification in serving the population and companies of the state. Region and, mainly, contributing to improve the quality of life of citizens.”