September 5 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's solar power output in August jumped to 600 average megawatts (MWa) from 361 MWa in the same period a year ago for an increase of 66.4%.
Wind generation also presented growth, rising to 8,724 MWa from 7,242 MWa. Its share in the mix went up to 14% from 11.6%, shows data published in the Power Trading Chamber's (CCEE) InfoMercado Semanal, the weekly bulletin for energy generation and consumption.
Biomass plants produced 4,661 MWa, up from 4,464 MWa a year back. Hydropower power generation, on the other hand, went down to 37,147 MWa from 38,647 MWa.
Overall, electricity generation decreased 0.6% year-on-year in August, with 62,117 MWa delivered to the National Interconnected System (SIN). Demand arrived at 60,078 MWa, also 0.4% less than a year earlier.
Recently, CCEE announced the country had closed the first half of 2019 with 485 MWa of solar power produced for an 86.6% year-on-year surge.