Government investments in transport end 2020 at the lowest level in 15 years

Federal government investments in the transport sector ended 2020 at the lowest level in 15 years, shows a survey conducted by CNI. Last year, federal investments totalled R$ 8.3 billion ($1.53 bn) in transport, a drop of 4% compared to 2019. In the last 20 years, the highest amount invested was in 2010 (R$ 24.3 billion [$4.4 bn] ).

Source: G1 Economia

Britain’s Claranet invests $100 mm to expand cloud computing in Brazil

UK-based cloud computing company Claranet on Thursday announced a $100 million investment to expand its operations in Brazil. The amount will be used to sustain organic growth and to acquire other companies in the sector, within plans to make the Brazilian operation the most important of the group over the next three years. The plan includes increasing the number of employees from 200 to 500 by 2021.

Source: Money Times

Brazil hits record with half a million units with distributed solar generation

Brazil has just reached a record 500,000 consumer units of distributed photovoltaic solar energy (DG), most of which are installed in homes (73.6%), said the president of the Brazilian Solar Energy Association (Absolar), Rodrigo Sauaia. Small businesses already account for 16.6 percent of all consumers, followed by the rural sector (7%), and industry (2.4 %). The rest, less than half a percent, refers to the consumption of public buildings.

Source: 6 Minutos

Exports of fresh peanuts grow 38% in 2020

In the accumulated from January to December 2020, the in natura peanut sector presented a positive result in its trade balance. Data from ComexStat, organised by ABICAB, show a surplus result of $314.4 million. The value represents a growth of 38% compared to 2019 ($ 227.7 mm). In all, 259,000 tons of peanuts in natura were exported, an increase of 31% compared to the previous year.

Source: Portal do Agronegocios

Volvo and Enel X announce 250 electric charging stations in Brazil

Volvo Car Brasil has announced that it will join forces with Enel X in the Ecovaga project to create the first semi-public charging network for hybrid and electric vehicles in the country, providing 250 electric charging stations in car parks managed by Estapar located in shopping centres, airports, hospitals, arenas, commercial buildings and educational institutions in the South, South-East, North-East and Federal District regions.

Source: Canal Energia