The new Brazil Energy Programme (BEP) is launching a series of grant-funded Challenge Competitions to demonstrate and scale up clean technologies in Brazil.
Up to £9 million of grants will be awarded to a number of demonstration projects in solar and storage, smart grids and bioenergy sectors. The first competition will be launched on 17th August 2020 for projects to be delivered in early 2021.
BEP aims to use UK experience and expertise to support Brazil’s emergence as a renewable energy powerhouse. The programme will do this by providing regulatory development advice and by funding pilots to test new technologies within the Brazilian environment.
BEP is part of the UK Government’s £1.2 billion Prosperity Fund, which aims to develop partnerships to support inclusive economic growth, mutual prosperity and progress towards the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The first funding opportunity will involve the installation of photovoltaic panels, batteries and smart monitoring systems to provide energy to low income families in a community in the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area. The project involves strong community engagement and will be executed in association with a utility company.
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