Brazil solar power plant. Image by Ceara state govt (www.ceara.gov.br)
Brazil has reached another milestone in the renewable energy sector by surpassing 32 GW of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity this month, local solar association Absolar announced recently.
Solar power now represents 14.7% of the country's total power mix.
The market has installed 22.4 GW across distributed generation (DG) systems, deploying solar panels on rooftops, facades and small plots of land. Solar is the technology of choice for self-consumption, and it is used in 98.9% of all on-site DG arrays in the country.
The remaining 9.6 GW come from large-scale solar power plants.
Absolar noted that solar installations have brought in investments of BRL 155.2 billion (USD 32.3m/EUR 28.7m) since 2012, creating around 960,000 local jobs and offsetting 40.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions during electricity generation.