February 13 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's Sao Paulo state has doubled its solar power capacity with 21 generating units being able to reach 301 MW, the local government announced on Wednesday.
According to a survey done by the Electric and Renewable Energies Coordinating Body (CEER) from Sao Paulo's Secretariat of Infrastructure and Environment, the state had 12 units with the capacity to generate 151 MW in 2018.
The survey also shows an increase of 10.8% in the production of anhydrous ethanol with 5.7 billion litres (1.5 bn gallons) in 2019, while hydrous ethanol had a slight 2% decrease last year with 10.5 billion of litres produced. In regards to consumption, the state used 11.6 billion litres of ethanol in 2019.
In addition to solar power, biogas from landfills, wood and bleach waste have also contributed to making Sao Paulo's energy mix more renewable, the Secretary for Infrastructure and Environment, Marcos Penido stated.