Wind park in Brazil. Author: Fotos GOVBA. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic
Brazil has given the go-ahead to 139 MW of wind farms to commence operations in June, power sector regulator Aneel announced last week.
In all, the country added 141.47 MW of new capacity last month, with wind parks contributing 98.4% of that. The total capacity is three times larger than what Aneel had initially estimated for the month -- 54.84 MW.
As a result of the new additions, Brazil connected 3,003.41 MW in the first half of the year. The combined output of the new additions is enough to power a city of 3.6 million inhabitants, the agency pointed out.
Wind parks now account for 9.09% of the country's total installed capacity, while solar represents 1.68%, according to data from the power sector watchdog. Large hydro (UHE), small hydro (PCH) and mini hydro (CGH) represent 58.97%, 3.07% and 0.46% of the total installed capacity, respectively.
Brazil has now reached an installed capacity of 172,705 MW of authorised power of which 82.76% comes from renewable sources, Aneel noted.