Rooftop solar panels. Photo by: EBRD (www.ebrd.com).
Brazil's installed solar distributed generation (DG) capacity has surpassed 2.3 GW, statistics by power sector regulator Aneel show.
The overall DG capacity in the country went over 2.5 GW, as of Thursday night, with solar power being the most popular source in that segment, counting 200,942 systems connected to the grid.
Minas Gerais is the state with the most DG connections -- 42,549, followed by Sao Paulo with 32,548 and Rio Grande do Sul with 27,874.
Residential consumers account for the majority of the total solar DG installations at 145,920 systems. Commercial and rural installations come behind with 36,086 and 13,040, respectively.
Since 2012, more than BRL 11.9 billion (USD 2.5bn/EUR 2.2bn) have been invested in this segment, newspaper Valor Economico reported citing data from the Brazilian Association for Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Energy (ABSOLAR).
Last month, IDB Invest, the private sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), granted the equivalent to USD 110 million in local currency to boost small-scale photovoltaic (PV) energy systems in Brazil.