Instead of buying solar panels, the government would buy solar energy from producers to supply to popular homes. The idea is being discussed by the ministries of Cities, Mines and Energy and the Civil House. The Minister of Cities, Jader Filho, stated this Monday (18) that the government intends to send a project to Congress to purchase renewable energy for homes in the Minha Casa, Minha Vida program. The idea is to replace the installation of solar panels in the program’s homes with the purchase of solar energy from producers. This energy would be supplied to popular homes. “We came to the conclusion that it was better to purchase energy from people who produce solar energy, from farms that we currently have in various examples across the country. So, the same amount that would be invested in acquiring these solar panels will be used to acquire of energy from this”, said the minister at an event of the National Confederation of Industry (CNI), in New York. The minister stated that, based on experience in previous editions of the program, solar panels ended up being sold or not maintained, which made it difficult to continue public policy. “Since President Lula created the program back in 2009, it became noticeable that, in some states, when you applied solar panels to the roofs of houses, it was often sold or not maintained in order to continue with it”, he declared. Expert explains how to participate in the Minha Casa, Minha Vida program Lula’s veto of the section on solar panels In July, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) vetoed a section on solar panels of the law that recreated the Minha Casa, Minha Vida program. The section had been included in Congress and obliged distributors to purchase excess energy produced by solar panels installed in popular homes. At the time, Jader Filho stated that the government would begin a discussion process with Congress and the private sector on the topic. “We agreed that we would veto this, but we are not disregarding it, quite the contrary, we want the issue of solar energy to be within the Minha Casa, Minha Vida program”, he stated in July. When approving the provisional measure that recreates the program, Congress added the section that forced distributors to purchase surplus energy produced by solar panels installed in popular homes. The installation of these plates was proposed by the government as a way of reducing the energy consumed. The production of energy by the consumer himself, mainly from these panels, is called “distributed generation”. It works as follows: The consumer is connected to the distribution system, even if it has solar panels installed; It injects the energy produced into the grid and the distributor calculates the amount of energy that “entered” the system and was consumed; As solar energy generation is inconsistent, because it depends on the weather, it is possible that in a month the consumer produces more energy than he consumes; This surplus becomes credit, which can be discounted in another month in which he consumes more than he produces. With the changes in Congress, instead of granting credit, the distributor would have to buy the energy that would have been “left over”. This section was criticized by sector entities because of a possible impact on the electricity bills of those who do not have panels in their homes.