Brazilian power company Solvi Valorizacao Energetica has secured financing from the US Trade and Development Agency (TDA) to fund the development of a series of landfill renewable power projects in the Brazilian states of Bahia, São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul.

The company will use the funds to conduct feasibility study to develop biogas power plants, which will source methane gas at four landfill sites to generate power, and a solar power project.

For the landfill gas projects, the study will assess the feasibility of anaerobic bioreactors, gas conditioning and power block design.

A ‘solar cap’ will be evaluated for the solar project, which will feature thin film solar cells and solar photovoltaic technologies.

The project is part of the company’s effort to expand its renewable energy portfolio.

USTDA regional director Nathan Younge said: "The study will present the US companies with an excellent opportunity to introduce new technology solutions for the management of urban waste and the sustainable production of electrical energy across Brazil."

Estimated to produce 17.2MW, the five projects are designed to reduce methane emissions by approximately 120,000t of CO2 equivalent, annually.