An action coordinated by the Federal Government on various fronts, supported by the Ministry of Mines and Energy, will change the panorama for solar power generation over the coming years in Brazil’s largest cities. By 2024, around 700,000 residential and commercial clients will have installed solar PV panels on their roofs, transforming sunshine into electricity. Any excess energy produced will be sold to a distributor, helping bring down domestic energy bills.
According to Aneel, the National Electricity Regulatory Agency, this type of distributed generation is estimated to offer a potential installed capacity of 2 GW over this period that will now focus on solar PV energy. This distributed generation concept could also involve another type of latest generation consumption, such as wind power or even generators. Another longer-term estimate, developed by the EPE, the Government’s Energy Research Agency, predicts that by 2050 around 13% of the country’s housing supply will be powered from this source.
In line with EPE projections, by 2050 Brazil could have an installed capacity of 78,000 MWp in solar power, with 33,000 MW corresponding to homes; 29,000 MWp from the commercial sector; 13,000 MWp generated in industries and 3,000 MWp from public sources.