Brazil surpasses 18 GW of installed solar capacity
Solar farm in Brazil. Author: Otávio Nogueira. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.
Brazil boasts over 18 GW of installed solar PV power, which now accounts for 8.5% of the country's total power mix, Brazilian solar PV association Absolar said in a recent update.
According to the association, the installed solar capacity rose from 13 GW in January to 18 GW in August, growing at a rate of 1 GW per month over the past 90 days.
Brazilians installed 12.4 GW across self-consumption systems, putting solar panels on rooftops, facades and small plots of land. Solar is the technology of choice for self-consumption, and it is used in 98% of all on-site generation systems in the country, Absolar said.
Large-scale solar plants account for the remaining 5.6 GW.
Since 2012, solar installations in Brazil have brought in investments of BRL 93.7 billion (USD 18.1bn/EUR 18.1bn) and created more than 540,500 local jobs, according to the association.
Solar, from all systems combined, ranks third in Brazil's electricity mix, surpassing the installed capacity of gas-fired and biomass-based power plants, added Absolar.