With a 35% drop in imports due to the coronavirus pandemic, Brazil’s trade balance registered a $8.060 billion surplus in July. This is the largest monthly balance ever recorded in the Ministry of Economy’s historical series, which began in 1989. The July result was more than double that of the same month last year, when it was positive at $2.391 billion.
The ANEEL closed July with 119.9 MW released for commercial operation – 84% in wind farms, which reached a total of 3,123.38 MW approved this year in 12 states across the country. The survey also points out that 52 wind power plants are operating under a test regime and that wind projects correspond to 36.9% of the assets under construction in the electrical sector and 29% among the constructions not yet started.
Azul concluded the second quarter with a liquidity position of R$ 2.3 billion ($460 mm), considering cash and equivalents, short-term investments and receivables, up from R$ 2.2 billion ($440 mm) in the quarter ended in March and above the R$ 2 billion ($400 mm) projection for the period.
The French electrician Voltalia reported the start of work on a wind power generation project in Brazil and the closing of an operation to sell renewable energy certificates in the country with Itaú Unibanco. The wind power plant in Rio Grande do Norte, with 59 megawatts of capacity, is expected to begin operations in the first half of 2021, while business with Itaú involved 547,000 clean energy certificates.
Fintech Culttivo, which offers access to credit for coffee producers, has partnered with fund manager Augme Capital to make up to R$ 50 million ($10 mm) available to the platform’s clients. The startup of the financial sector has been operating for two months and has lent R$ 5 million ($1 mm) to coffee growers in southern Minas Gerais, Cerrado Mineiro and São Paulo State.