Brazil has given the go-ahead to 446 MW of renewable energy plants to commence operations in May, power sector regulator Aneel announced on Wednesday.
In all, the country added 493.81 MW of new capacity last month, with wind, solar and biomass contributing to 90% of that. Wind parks generated 220 MW of the total. Biomass and solar followed with 126 MW and 100 MW, respectively.
The combined output of the new additions is enough to power a city of 600,000 inhabitants, the agency pointed out. As a result, Brazil reached an installed capacity of 172,574 MW of authorised power of which 82.75% comes from renewable sources.
Wind parks now account for 9.03% of the country's total installed capacity, while solar represents 1.69%, according to data from Aneel's daily updated Generation Information System (SIGA). Large hydro (UHE), small hydro (PCH) and mini hydro (CGH) represent 59.04%, 3.08% and 0.46% of the total installed capacity, respectively.
In addition to granting and regulating the whole energy sector, Aneel also monitors the expansion and quality of electricity generation in Brazil.