March 19 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's National Electric System Operator (ONS) estimates that the cumulative capacity of the country's large-scale solar plants may reach 4,200 MW in 2024, when they will represent 2.4% of the total electrical mix, local news agency Portal Solar reported on Wednesday.
Currently, the total capacity of local photovoltaic (PV) facilities amounts to 2,600 MW and they account for 1.5% of the energy mix. ONS' general director, Luiz Eduardo Barata, was cited as saying that the country is expected to hit 3,000 MW of installed capacity in centralised generation by the end of the year.
The director points out that hybrid system projects, which combine solar, wind and battery storage, are not being implemented in the country at present, but that should change in the near future.
Recently, Brazil's power sector regulator Aneel announced that solar distributed generation (DG) has surpassed 2.3 GW of installed capacity, with a total of 200,942 systems connected to the grid.