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AGREEMENT LAUNCHES BRAZILIAN SOLAR RURAL ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT

AGREEMENT LAUNCHES BRAZILIAN SOLAR RURAL ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT
 WASHINGTON, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- In the wake of the Rio conference, the Department of Energy (DOE) and Brazilian officials have signed Protocols of Intent to bring electric power to homes and small businesses in rural Brazil using U.S.-developed solar technology.
 The agreement is the result of negotiations between DOE, Brazil and U.S. industry representatives during the course of the U.N.- sponsored conference on the environment held earlier this month in Rio de Janiero.
 Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Renewable Energy J. Michael Davis, who signed the protocols for DOE, said that "the Brazilian Rural Electrification Project holds the promise for significant U.S. industry market opportunities in Brazil while promoting environmentally sound energy alternatives.
 "We have long maintained that economic development and environmental protection go hand-in-hand," Davis said. "President Bush's National Energy Strategy emphasized that one key is advanced technology which can help us maintain adequate supplies of affordable energy while enhancing the quality of our environment.
 "This project helps turn rhetoric into reality and demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a program of tangible actions to improve the environment consistent with development requirements."
 This first phase of a three-phase project will provide electricity to 1,000 homes in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, and 1,000 homes and a model village in the state of Ceara using photovoltaic (PV) and PV-hybrid systems.
 Ultimately, this program could serve over 500,000 residences, schools and health clinics throughout 26 Brazilian states employing a wide range of renewable energy resources.
 Also signing the protocols were Roberto Viana Batista, secretary of transportation, energy, and communication for the state of Pernambuco, and Carlos Mauro Benevides Filho, secretary of planning and coordination for the state of Ceara.
 The Brazilian Rural Electrification Project is the result of meetings held simultaneously with the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janiero earlier this month. This effort is part of the larger America's 21st Century Program being undertaken by DOE and Latin American/Caribbean countries to accelerate regional rural electrification programs using U.S. renewable energy products and services. This program was highlighted by the U.S. State Department as part of the U.S. Technology Cooperation Initiative.
 DOE will contribute $800,000 toward the estimated $2.65 million cost of the project's first phase. Included in the implementation of the project will be the states of Ceara and Pernambuco, their utilities and the Federal Minister of Social Development.
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