Brazil’s PV capacity exceeds 2.5 GW

With around 2,056 MW of operational installed capacity from large-scale PV and more than 500 MW of installed distributed-generation capacity, Brazil has now surpassed Chile to become Latin America’s second-largest solar market after Mexico. According to new statistics released by Brazilian industry association ABSOLAR, utility-scale solar currently accounts for around 1.2% of the country’s total generating capacity.

Brazil has become Latin America’s second-largest PV market, according to new figures released by Brazilian solar association ABSOLAR, based on data from energy regulator ANEEL.

In a short report, the trade body reveals that by the end of February, there were 73 utility-scale PV plants in operation throughout the country, with 2,056 MW of capacity connected to the national power system. The Brazilian states with the highest share of this capacity are Bahia, Minas Gerais and Piauí, with 650.2 MW, 515.0 MW and 270.0 MW, respectively.

These plants — all selected by the Brazilian government in three energy auctions it held between 2014 and 2015 — currently represent around 1.2% of Brazil’s total centralized power generation capacity. ABSOLAR also highlighted how large-scale PV has now surpassed nuclear power, which has a total capacity of 1.9 GW, making it the country’s seventh-largest electricity source. More