Brazil reaches 48 MW of micro, mini generation in Aug
Rooftop solar system. Author: Martin Abegglen. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic
Brazil's installed micro and mini generation capacity grew to 47.93 MW in August 2016, the national power sector regulator Aneel said on Monday.
The country had 5,040 distributed generation (DG) systems last month, much more than a year earlier with just 1,148 systems registered in September 2015, Aneel stated.
Solar power is the most popular source in that segment, with around 4,955 DG systems. Wind came second with 39 connections to the grid.
Among the states with the largest number of DG systems, Minas Gerais is at the top with 1,226 connections, while Sao Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul follow with 711 and 564 systems, respectively.
In Brazil, DG systems are divided into two groups, microgeneration with power capacity of up to 75 kW, and minigeneration with power between 76 kW and 5 MW for most sources, except hydropower where the upper limit is set at 3 MW.
The country is seen to have about 1.2 million DG systems with a total capacity of 4.5 GW by 2024.