Renewables account for over 68% of Brazil’s year-to-date power additions

Brazilian wind park. Author: Carla Wosniak. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

December 6 (Renewables Now) - Brazil has switched on 6,436.11 MW of new power plants since the beginning of the year, of which 47.41% comes from wind farms, 19.46% from solar and 1.39% from small hydropower plants (HPPs).

The annual goal of 4,790.4 MW was surpassed in September, power sector regulator Aneel announced on Friday.

Just this year alone, the country has connected 3,051.29 MW of new wind capacity, the largest amount added to the country’s grid since 2014. Overall, installed wind power capacity has reached 20.1 GW, accounting for 11.11% of the total national power mix.

In regards to the other prominent power sources in Brazil, solar power now represents 2.51% of the country's total installed capacity. Large hydro (UHE), small hydro (PCHs) and mini-hydro (CGH) have shares of 56.53%, 3.04% and 0.46% of the total installed capacity, respectively.

According to data from the power sector watchdog, 82.82% of the electricity is currently generated by renewable sources.

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