Almost half of the electricity generated in Brazil comes from renewable energy with hydropower still accounting for the major part of it while wind and solar energy are on the rise.
Renewables reached a share of 48% in Brazil’s electricity mix, said the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) Department of Energy Information and Studies Director, Andre Osorio.
According to data from the National Electric System Operator (ONS), wind power currently has a 10.9% share of the electricity mix, and is expected to reach 13.6% by the end of 2025.
The ministry says that Brazil’s wind parks were able to generate enough electricity on a single day this summer to supply 102% of the Northeast region for 24 hours.
While representing only 5% of the electricity mix, solar power has grown 63% in the last twelve months. Large plants account for 2% of the total with distributed generation (DG) plants taking the other 3%. The ministry pointed out that in the last three years, large solar surged 200%, while DG plants soared 2,000%. In 2020 alone, the solar photovoltaic (PV) installed capacity grew by 66%.
This renewable growth in the country’s power mix will help Brazil to reach climate neutrality by 2050, the government noted.