Brazil hits 13 GW of installed solar capacity

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January 10 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's installed solar power generation capacity has hit 13 GW, domestic solar power association ABSOLAR announced last week.

Distributed generation (DG) has taken the country's lead with 8.4 GW of installed capacity, while large-scale plants, also known as centralised solar, account for the remaining 4.6 GW, local media reported citing data from ABSOLAR.

Since 2012, Brazilian solar plants have brought in investments of BRL 66.3 billion (USD 11.6bn/EUR 10.3bn) and created around 390,000 local jobs, according to ABSOLAR's data.

In regards to the DG mix alone, solar power is currently used in 99.9% of all the systems in the country.

Overall, solar plants as a whole rank fifth in the Brazilian electricity mix, surpassing the 9.1 GW of installed capacity from thermal-based plants powered by oil and other fossils.

(BRL 1.0 = USD 0.176/EUR 0.155)

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