January 10 (Renewables Now) - Renewable sources accounted for more than 75% of the 7,246 MW of new capacity Brazil added to its national grid in 2019, power sector regulator Aneel announced today.
Hydropower continues to drive most of the energy generated in the country, with a total of 4,839 MW of newly completed plants in 2019.
Within non-hydro sources, wind was at the top with 971 MW added. The total installed wind capacity now accounts for 9.04% of the country's 170,071 MW cumulative installed power generating capacity at the year end. Thermal plants followed with 776 MW of new deployments, while solar power came in third with 551 MW. The 3,870 operational solar photovoltaic (PV) plants represent about 1.46% of the total installed capacity in Brazil.
Aneel additionally presented a ranking of the states with the highest added capacity in 2019. Para is the leader with a total capacity of 3,666.66 MW. Mato Grosso do Sul and Bahia follow with 817.06 MW and 575.23 MW, respectively.