The strong pace of growth in the implementation of solar energy projects in Brazil – whether of distributed generation systems or large plants – guaranteed the country the fourth place in the world ranking of nations that most added photovoltaic source capacity in the electrical matrix. in 2021.
This is what a mapping of the Solar Portal says, based on data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) and the Brazilian Photovoltaic Solar Energy Association (Absolar).
According to the survey, in 2021 Brazil added approximately 5.7 gigawatts (GW) of capacity from solar generation plants, considering both self-generation systems in homes and businesses and large enterprises connected to the National Interconnected System (SIN). Considering this volume, the country was behind China, which added 52.9 GW, the United States, with 19.9 GW added, and India, with an expansion of 10.3 GW.
In relation to the countries’ total solar generation capacity, Brazil rose one position in the global ranking, to 13th place. According to Absolar, the country ended last year with more than 13.6 GW of operational power from the solar source.
The previous week, the entity had announced that Brazil had surpassed the historic mark of 15 GW of operational power of the photovoltaic solar source, considering large plants and self-generation systems on roofs, facades and small plots.
Of this total, 4.97 GW come from large-scale solar plants, equivalent to 2.6% of the Brazilian electricity matrix. The segment of own energy generation accounts for 10.03 GW of installed power from the solar source. Together, large plants and small photovoltaic systems occupy the fifth place in the Brazilian electricity matrix.
According to Absolar, the solar source has already brought to Brazil more than R$ 78.5 billion in new investments. Large-scale projects alone have required disbursements of more than BRL 26 billion since 2012.
The photovoltaic mini and microgeneration have so far consumed R$ 52.4 billion. In this way, the sector claims to have generated more than 450,000 jobs since 2012 and avoided the emission of 20.8 million tons of CO2 in electricity generation.
The information is from the newspaper. The State of São Paulo.