Brazil’s equatorial latitude guarantees that the country is perpetually sun-drenched. The monthly average of sunlight hours is roughly double that in, for example, Germany. Yet, so far, the South American giant’s solar energy development has been eclipsed by Europe’s. The situation is beginning to change, however, as Brazil's healthy, expansive economy requires more and more energy. The forecast for increasing electricity demand is pushing development in the solar part of the renewable-energy sector.
The Brazilian Agency of Electric Energy (ANEEL) published a resolution this year that defines the rules for consumers willing to generate their own energy from alternative sources. The policy applies to small energy generators producing less than one megawatt.