Brazil closing on 5,000 solar micro and mini-generation systems

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email
The increase is largely down to a Resolution passed by energy regulator ANEEL in November 2015. Credit: ANEEL

Brazil now has 4,955 solar PV systems in the micro and mini-generation category, as of August 2016, marking a five-fold increase in one year.

The increase is largely down to a “historic” Resolution passed by energy regulator ANEEL in November 2015, which allowed owners of renewable energy systems of up to 5MW capacity to receive credits for injecting their own energy back into the local grid. Credit claims now remain valid for five years.

The Resolution also introduced ‘shared generation’ allowing consumers to form a consortium, which benefits from the shared use of a renewable energy system. The time taken to connect these systems to the local network was also halved from 82 to 34 days

Credit: ANEEL

The number of these renewable energy systems reached 5,040 in August, representing 47.9MW capacity, up from 1,148 systems in September 2015. The numbers are dominated by solar PV, with wind having just 39 connections.

The states with the largest number of these systems are Minas Gerais (1,226), followed by São Paulo (711) and Rio Grande do Sul (564).

On the passing of the resolution, it was estimated that in 2024 more than 1.2 million consumers would start to produce their own energy, equivalent to 4.5GW of installed capacity.

ANEEL general director Romeu Rufino said: “in addition to the advantages for the consumer, the benefits that Distributed Generation brings to the electrical system are also relevant: reducing losses and avoided cost of expanding the system […] increasing security of supply; and the gain from the environmental aspect.”

Read Next

June 14, 2021
Asia boasts a growing number of markets with solar development pipelines in excess of 1GW, a new report by Fitch has found, with the region dominating the consultancy’s project database analysis this year.
May 25, 2021
Mining company Vale has chosen Nextracker to supply its NX Horizon solar trackers for the Sol de Cerrado solar project in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.
May 7, 2021
Latin America-focused solar developer Atlas Renewable Energy has obtained a US$150 million loan to finance the construction of its 359MWp Lar do Sol - Casablanca PV project in Brazil.
April 21, 2021
International renewables developers are rushing to secure projects in Brazil before the government takes away subsidies for new solar and wind farm installations next year.
March 23, 2021
Scatec has unveiled a NOK 100 billion (US$11.7 billion) plan that will see the company expand its renewables portfolio to 15GW over the next four years.
March 15, 2021
Powertis has started construction work on two PV plants in Brazil that each have a capacity of 112.5MWp and are the Spanish developer’s first solar plants in the South American country.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
July 6, 2021
Solar Media Events
August 24, 2021
Solar Media Events, Upcoming Webinars
October 6, 2021