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 Helping Small Business Succeed in Brazil
The state of Minas Gerais is home to some of Brazil’s most ideal locations for solar power generation. With USTDA’s assistance, the state turned to Vrinda, a New York‐based small business, to ensure that reliable power is continually delivered to its more than 18 million people.
 As the number of utility-scale and rooftop installations accelerated in Minas Gerais, the state’s reliable electricity distribution network experienced an array of technical challenges. Cemig D, the state’s distribution company, sought USTDA’s assistance and evaluation of technologies to integrate these new installations into its network and address systemic issues of power intermittency and reliability.
Vrinda projected the potential for 400 percent growth in Cemig D’s total installed capacity of solar power between 2017 and 2027. To manage this growth, Vrinda recommended a series of new investments including a Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) and an Advanced Distribution Analytics (ADA) software system. Implementing this new technology will
ensure continued compliance with national regulatory requirements for interconnections and reliability indices.
Following the completion of USTDA’s assistance, Cemig D contracted with Vrinda to design and implement the DERMS system. In January 2020, Vrinda introduced Cemig D to several U.S. utilities to observe ADA and DERMS systems and develop new relationships with American suppliers of these innovative technologies. After this visit, Cemig D began developing technical specifications for the ADA software in collaboration with expert U.S. providers.
This creative collaboration from USTDA and Brazil resulted in a new overseas opportunity for a U.S. small business and ultimately enhanced the country’s management of new energy sources – laying the groundwork for a partnership that is built to last.
“USTDA gave us our first overseas opportunity, which is very important for any business,
but foundational for Vrinda. This opportunity and constant support by USTDA through introductions to utilities and Brazilian businesses opened multiple doors. Today
we have two direct contracts with the largest Brazilian utilities helping them from strategy to implementation and have established ourselves as a trusted partner to many Brazilian utilities and professionals.”
Navneet Trivedi
Co‐Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Vrinda

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