February 6 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's solar power output in January 2020 grew to 579 average megawatts (MWa) from 540 MWa in the same month of 2019 for an increase of 7.1%.
Biomass power generation also presented growth in the same period, from 770 MWa to 996 MWa, shows data published in the Power Trading Chamber (CCEE)'s InfoMercado Semanal, the weekly bulletin for energy generation and consumption.
Wind and hydroelectric power generation, on the other hand, went down 35.1% and 10.3%, respectively. Wind farms generated 3,792 MWa from 5,841 MWa, while the country's hydro plants produced 51,701 MWa, down from 57,622 MWa a year back.
The overall electricity generation in the country decreased slightly year-on-year in the first month of 2020, with 68,411 MWa delivered to the National Interconnected System (SIN). Demand arrived at 64,962 MWa, 4.3% less compared to a year earlier.