Brazil’s decentralized energy sector grows by over 300%

Recent figures from Brazil‘s energy regulator show significant growth for the nation’s decentralized energy sector, which is dominated by on-site solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. à‚ 

According to the figures from regulator ANEEL, new connections for micro- (<75 kW) and mini-generation systems (75 kW-5 MW) grew by 308% in 2015, with 1731 connections reported ” up from 424 in 2014.

The state of Minas Gerais took the lead with 333 new connections reported, while Rio de Janeiro reported 203 and Rio Grande do Sul came in at 186.

Analysts attributed the growth to a combination of government initiatives and a change in ANEEL’s net metering system.

In a statement, ANEEL said: ‘Power generation near the place of consumption has a number of advantages over traditional centralized generation, such as the economics of investments in transmission, reducing losses in the networks and improving the quality of electricity service.’


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