The World's #1 Renewable Energy Network for News, Information, and Companies.
Untitled Document

Latin America Report: International Firms Chart Course Into Region

International corporations continue to look to the Latin American market for expansion opportunities as renewable energy cements itself as a viable solution for nations with an increased level of consumption.

Earlier this week, American-based FuelCell Energy announced it had a tentative deal in place with Spanish energy giant Abengoa to sell biofuel-powered generators into the Latin American market. Ireland’s Mainstream Renewables also announced that it is negotiating with several Chilean mining firms to secure financing for a 75-MW solar plant in the northern part of the country where, according to officials, “demand for energy is very high, due to increased mining activity.” This comes on the heels of a recent decision by international conglomerate Alstom to set up its first wind turbine manufacturing facility in Brazil.



Small Hydropower in Colombia: Colombian power and engineering company HMV Ingenieros will add up to 200 MW in small hydroelectric capacity in the coming years, news sources report. HMV has already developed the 9.8-MW Guanaquitas and 9.5-MW Caruquia hydropower projects in the country's Guadalupe River Basin, and the company is currently working on two more.

Wind Comes to Panama: Large-scale wind energy will make its debut in Panama in 2014 when the first wind turbines are installed for a 121-MW project.

Ethanol Production Decline: The pace of global biofuels production growth will be slower than previously forecast over the next five years due to weaker prospects for Brazilian ethanol and as the U.S. market becomes saturated, the International Energy Agency said. Brazilian ethanol production in 2011 is expected to decline by 75,000 barrel/day to 375,000 b/d due to a poor sugar cane harvest and high sugar prices.



A Renewable Venezuela: As Venezuela’s economy gathers momentum and more residents are pulled from poverty, the nation continues to move toward a comprehensive energy strategy built on efficiency and an increased adoption of renewable forms of energy.

Higher Education and Ocean Technologies: The UMass Dartmouth School of Marine Science and Technology and the University of Sao Paulo Institute of Oceanography have signed an agreement creating dual PhD degrees in Oceanography and Marine Sciences. Faculty from the two institutions have collaborated for years on research projects related to ocean modeling and forecasting which is critical to the economies of both Brazil and Massachusetts.

Brazil Could Help Africa Unlock Potential: Carlos Cavalcanti of the Federation of Industries of the state of Sao Paulo, spoke at the Energy in Africa discussion, in which he said that almost half of Brazil's energy now comes from renewable sources, and that the growth achieved could serve as a blueprint for other developing nations.

A Green Showcase: An environmental fair in Lima shows growing evidence that clean technology is having an impact in places like Peru.



Alstom to Export Across Region

“We’ve made progress in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay and intend to start next year to spread our activities to all Latin American countries. Uruguay and Argentina both have set government auctions [for contracts to sell power from renewable energy projects]." 
Marcos Costa, Alstom executive on markets for turbine manufacturing facility recently opened in Brazil.



Wind Growth in Brazil

1,400: Megawatts of wind power capacity currently installed in Brazil.
11,000: Projected megawatts of capacity in the nation by 2014.
31,600: Installed capacity in Brazil by 2025.


If you are an industry expert and would like to be a contributor for, please contact us at so we can show you how to get started.



Nov. 30-Dec 7, 2011 Latin America Report: U.S. Bill Would Extend Tariff of Brazilian Ethanol
Nov. 23-30, 2011 Latin America Report: Ready for Explosive Growth

Untitled Document


Global Renewable Energy Roundup: China, Kenya, Turkey, India Seeking More Renewables

Bloomberg News Editors China is being encouraged by three industry groups to double the nation’s solar-power goal for 2020 to make up for sh...

With Vast Amounts of Geothermal, Wind and Hydropower, Why No Solar In New Zealand?

James Ellsmoor, Contributor New Zealand has built an international brand on environmentalism and the great outdoors. So it is unsurprising that t...

GE low wind turbines make debut in France

Kelvin Ross

A new wind farm in France will be the first in the country to deploy GE’s 2.75-120 wind turbines.

Unlikely Allies in North Carolina Clean-Energy Fight

Mark Drajem, Bloomberg With North Carolina’s renewable energy mandate under assault from Republican legislators, green groups seeking to sav...


Array Technologies’ DuraTrack HZ v3 Continues to (R)evolutionize at SPI

Array Technologies, Inc. (ATI) prepares to showcase its recently launched tracking syst...

Appalachian's Energy Center assists counties with landfill gas to energy projects

The Appalachian Energy Center at Appalachian State University recently completed a proj...

Early Bird Registration Deadline for GRC Annual Meeting is This Week

The deadline for early-bird rates for registration for the biggest annual geothermal ev...

Redesigned Video Gallery

Hydropower news and information, and interesting promotional announcements are now avai...


Transitioning to Net-Zero Living

Judith and Jeffrey adore living in Belfast, Maine – a quaint harbor town of Belfast, Maine. They previously res...

The True Cost of Electric Vehicles in Australia

In order to avoid increased congestion, further greenhouse warming and lessen Australia’s reliance on imported ...

The Coming Multi-trillion Dollar Energy Investment Drive

In coming years, a multi-trillion dollar low-emission energy investment drive will get underway. Three catalysts wil...

The Perfect Elevator Pitch

The elevator pitch is a concise statement that grabs attention and communicates value, ideally leading to a next step...


Renewable Energy World's network editors help deliver the most comprehensive news coverage of the renewable energy industries. Based in the U.S. and the UK, the team is comprised of editors from Pennwell Corporation's myriad of publications that ...


Volume 18, Issue 4


To register for our free
e-Newsletters, subscribe today:


Tweet the Editors! @jennrunyon



Doing Business in South Africa – in partnership with GWEC, the Glob...

Wind Energy in South Africa has been expanding dramatically, growing fro...

Intersolar Europe 2016

Exhibition: June 22-24, 2016; Conference: June 21-22, 2016 Intersolar Eu...

Intersolar North America 2016

Exhibition: July 12 - 14, 2016; Conference: July 11 - 13, 2016 Intersola...


Pushing Beyond The Cushion

Efficiency projects are all too often viewed as “optional” o...

Less Is More

When you’re giving a presentation, one of the easiest things to do...


One of the biggest challenges we face as efficiency sales professionals ...


Renewable Energy: Subscribe Now

Solar Energy: Subscribe Now

Wind Energy: Subscribe Now

Geothermal Energy: Subscribe Now

Bioenergy: Subscribe Now