Brazil has given the go-ahead to 234 MW of wind farms to commence operations in May 2021, power sector regulator Aneel announced on Wednesday.
In all, the country has connected 259.52 MW of new capacity last month, with wind parks accounting for 90% of that. Since the beginning of the year, Aneel has okayed some 1,493 MW of new plants to start operations.
According to data from the power sector watchdog, almost 60% of the installed capacity that commenced operations this year comes from plants that do not have an energy sales contract in the regulated market. This shows the growing momentum of Brazil's free market.
At present, wind power represents 10.32% of the country's total installed capacity, while solar represents 1.86%. Large hydro (UHE), small hydro (PCHs) and mini hydro (CGH) account for 58.09%, 3.11% and 0.43% of the total installed capacity, respectively.
As a result of the new additions, Brazil has ended May with 175,754.4 MW of authorised power, the agency noted.