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Brazil’s solar power generation surpasses one Gigawatt

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Brazil’s solar power generation has reached the mark of one gigawatt, putting Brazil among the 30 countries in  the world which can generate over one gigawatt from solar sources. Brazil is the second Latin American country to cross the 1 GW mark of installed PV capacity after Chile.

According to statistics released by the local solar association Absolar , the country has reached a cumulative installed solar power of around 1,099.6 MW, of which 935.3 MW is represented by large-scale solar plants, and 164.3 MW by distributed generation PV power generators (up to 5 MW).

“Brazil is more than 15 years late in the use of photovoltaic solar energy. We can stay among the main countries of the world in this market, as we are in hydroelectric power, biomass and wind power,” said Absolar chairman Rodrigo Sauaia.

Brazil’s solar power generation is still below its potential, said Sauaia, adding Brazil needs a nationwide program to accelerate the development of solar power in the country.

Brazil traditionally relies on hydroelectric power plants and bio-energy. It also has significant potential in developing wind and solar power.

Around 284 MW of PV power was connected to the grid in November by Canadian Solar and EDF in the state of Minas Gerais. Earlier in September, meanwhile, Italian power utility Enel energized the Ituverava (254 MW) and Nova Olinda (292 MW) solar projects in Bahía and Piauí, respectively. As of the end of August of this year, Brazil’s installed PV capacity was around 237 MW, with distributed generation representing 92 MW of total capacity and large-scale solar accounting for the remaining 145 MW.