Brazil's solar generation up 16% y/y in 1st half of Jan

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January 21 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's solar power output in the first 15 days of 2020 went up to 590 average megawatts (MWa) from 507 MWa a year ago for a 16.3% increase.

Wind generation, on the other hand, experienced a drop of 39.7% to 3,518 MWa. Its share in the mix went down to 5.2% from 8.5% at the start of 2019, shows data published in the Power Trading Chamber (CCEE)'s InfoMercado Semanal, the weekly bulletin for energy generation and consumption.

Biomass power generation went up to 1,068 MWa from 774 MWa. Hydropower plants (HPPs) produced 50,763 MWa, down from 55,802 MWa a year back. Brazil saw s huge rise in gas-fired power generation to 6,445 MWa from 2,912 MWa a year back.

Overall electricity generation decreased 2.3% year-on-year in the first half of January, with 67,104 MWa delivered to the National Interconnected System (SIN). Demand arrived at 63,796 MWa, or 2.4% less than a year earlier.

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