Brazil planning first floating solar farms at hydropower plants

Brazil is using nascent technology to expand the production of renewable energy, with plans to build 10 MW of solar farms that will float atop two hydropower dams. The farms will be attached to the Sobradinho and Balbina dams in Bahia and Amazonas, respectively, and will be controlled by Brazilian utility companies, Centrais Eletricas do Norte do Brasil SA and Cia. Hidro Eletrica do Sao Francisco.

The first of its kind in Brazil, floating solar farms have taken off in space-constrained Japan, the United States, Mexico and Australia. Completion of the solar farms is expected in 2019 and will supplement energy produced by the dams that host them.

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