How solar energy projects lower bills in Rio de Janeiro slums

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  • Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Bibiana Angel, 39, owner of the hostel Eco Pousada Estrelas da Babilonia, on its roof covered by solar panels and overlooking Copacabana beach, at the Babilonia favela. Photo: Mauro Pimentel/AFP

In a hillside slum with breathtaking views of Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana beach, a rooftop covered in photovoltaic panels glitters in the tropical sun – one of many in Brazil's first favela solar energy project.

The solar panels on the roof of a community organisation in the Babilonia favela take one thing the impoverished neighborhood has in abundance – sunshine – and use it to lower electricity bills while expanding renewable power sources.

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