June 25 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's Senate Agriculture and Agrarian Reform Commission (CRA) will hold a public hearing on June 26 to discuss the possibility of renewable energy production on rural settlements.
Under the bill project PLS 384/2016, settlements will be allowed to sign contracts with third parties to explore this potential in a way complementary to agrarian activities. The authorisation will be given by the National Institute for Colonization and Agrarian Reform (INCRA).
The document establishes that approvals cannot be granted if the power generation activity requires an area exceeding 30% of the area of the rural property.
Representatives of INCRA, the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Brazilian Solar Association (Absolar), the Brazilian Wind Energy Association (ABEEelica), among others, will be present during the hearing.