Brazil Adds Small Hydro Plants, Solar Plant to Reidi Program

Brazil’s mines and energy ministry has added two small hydropower plants and one solar power plant to the government’s special infrastructure development incentives program known as Reidi, wire services reported.

The hydroelectric projects are the 9.6-MW Cascata Chupinguaia hydro plant located in the northern state of Rondonia and the 10-MW Agua Branca hydro plant in the center-western state of Mato Grosso, reports indicate.

The solar plant has a capacity of 5 megawatts and is owned by local energy company MPX. It is located in the northeastern state of Ceara.

Reidi provides incentives including a five-year tax holiday on goods and services and is part of the government’s growth acceleration plan known as PAC.

In other news, U.S. power group Duke Energy expects its two new small hydropower plants being developed in Brazil to come online by the end of 2011, wire services reported.

The hydro plants, which are under construction, will have a combined installed capacity of 33 megawatts, wire reports indicate.


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