Support for Renewables

The Brazilian government have initiated a number of schemes designed to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy technology.

Casa Azul

The CAIXA Casa Azul Seal is the first rating system for sustainable residential building projects in Brazil. Casa Azul is intended to encourage:

  • The rational use of natural resources in the construction of housing projects
  • Reduction in the cost of building maintenance and monthly expenses of residents
  • Promote the benefits of sustainable buildings amongst developers and residents

Casa Azul best practice guideline can be downloaded here (PDF file).

Programa Minha Casa Minha Vida (PMCMV)

Minha Casa Minha Vida is a federal government program managed by the Ministry of Cities and operated by CAIXA. It consists of land acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of buildings for use as housing developments. Apartments or houses are sold on completion to low-income families.

PMCMV was launched in March 2009, with the purpose of encouraging the production and purchase of one million new housing units. The target is currently 2 million new homes for families with a gross monthly income of up to R$ 5,000.00. Construction work is carried out by companies hired by CAIXA, which is responsible for the delivery of finished units. The programme provides a grant to cover the cost of solar thermal water heating systems. The cost of purchase and installation of solar thermal systems is limited to R$ 2,000.00 per unit. The systems installed must be INMETRO approved, and a list of approved systems can be found here (PDF).

PMCMV Related Links:

Solar Cities Initiative (Cidades Solares)

The Solar Cities Initiative aims to mobilize Brazilian society to take advantage of the environmental and social advantages of decentralized generation of energy, mainly solar heating. Solar Cities is an initiative of the Department of National Solar Heating ( DASOL),  ABRAVA and Vitae Civilis (an environmental NGO).

Cidades Solares Website

PROCEL

Brazilian programme to Policy to combat waste in the production and use of electrical energy.

  • Energy efficient labelling
  • Energy audits
  • Support for R&D into efficient technologies/products
  • Marketing of the PROCEL trademark
  • Energy efficient lamps for public lighting
  • Promoting efficient lighting and appliances in government and residential buildings
  • Measures to reduce losses in the electrical system
  • Actions to reduce electricity demand during peak hours
  • Training courses, seminars, and conferences on energy efficiency

PROCEL helps arrange low-interest financing for major energy efficiency projects.

PROCEL website.