Brazil’s PV capacity tops 1.6 GW

At the end of June 2018, according to official statistics, large-scale solar capacity reached 1,307 MW, while the share of distributed PV generation (up to 5 MW), was 296 MW. Of the total capacity, 1.36 GW was connected to the grid in the last 12 months.

Brazil had 1,601 MW of grid-connected solar power at the end of June 2018, according to the Monthly Bulletin on the Monitoring of the Electric System from the Brazilian Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM).

This capacity is represented by 1,307 MW of large-scale PV projects selected in auctions held by the Brazilian government, and 296 MW of distributed generation solar power generators (up to 5 MW).

At the end of June 2017, utility-scale solar reached a share of just 145 MW, while DG installations totaled 92 MW. This means that, over the past 12 months, a total of 1.36 GW were connected to the country’s grid, and that growth was stronger than ever in both segments.

Most of this 1.36 GW, however, was installed in the second half of 2017. The MEM stressed, in fact, that newly installed solar power for the first six months of this year was just 337.9 MW.