September 6 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's wind power output in August rose 21.9% year-on-year to 7,228 average megawatts (MWa), according to preliminary figures released by the Power Trading Chamber (CCEE).
The share of wind power in the overall generation increased to 11.6% from 9.7%, as showed in the data published by CCEE in the InfoMercado Semanal, the weekly bulletin for energy generation and consumption.
Solar, biomass and hydropower generation also grew last month. For solar the increase was significant -- to 361 MWa from just 71 MWa in August 2017. Biomass generation went up to 4,530 MWa from 4,227 MWa. Hydropower plants (HPPs) produced 38,644 MWa, or 3.3% more than in the same month a year earlier.
Overall, Brazilian electricity generation in August recorded a 1.6% year-on-year increase, with 62,410 MWa delivered to the National Interconnected System (SIN). Demand arrived at 60,248 MWa, CCEE noted.