This week, the governor of Paraná, Carlos Roberto Massa Júnior, better known as Ratinho Júnior (PSD), announced that he will invest R$ 45.7 million to install solar panels in 246 public buildings, starting next year. The initiative will involve schools and other public facilities – such as city hall buildings, city councils, health units and sports gyms – in seven municipalities in the state, and is a government partnership with Copel, the Agency Fomento Paraná and the Green Building Council Brazil (GBC Brazil).
Of the total resources, R$ 28 million will be made available by Copel for lost fund financing, coming from the Energy Efficiency Program (PEE). The other R$ 17.7 million will be made available by Fomento Paraná and the Secretariat of Urban Development for municipalities to invest as counterparts to the project.
According to the government, the project also wants to attract private investments to install solar plants in up to 5,000 public buildings in the state. In the first phase, the project will involve the cities of Balsa Nova, Fazenda Rio Grande and São José dos Pinhais, in the Metropolitan Region of Curitiba; Maringá and Paranavaí, in the Northwest; and Cascavel and Foz do Iguaçu, in the West.