Driven by wind and solar energy, the electric array will achieve record growth in 2023

With 140 new operations, wind power helped Brazil's electricity matrix achieve its largest increase since 2016.
With 140 new operations, wind power helped Brazil’s electricity matrix achieve its largest increase since 2016.| Photo: Albari Rosa/Gazzetta do Povo

Driven by the performance of wind and solar power, the Brazilian electricity array recorded its largest growth since 2016, when it reached 9,527.8 MW. In 2023, it reached a record high of 10,324.2 MW, exceeding the target of 10,302.4 MW set by the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel) at the beginning of the year.

In December alone, 51 generating units began commercial operation, adding 1.9 gigawatts to the country’s installed capacity.

In total, over the year Brazil added nearly 200,000 MW of screened capacity, according to data from Aneel’s Generation Information System (Siga), which is updated daily with data from operating plants and licensed projects in the construction phase. Of this total, 83.67% of the stations are considered renewable.

According to Anil, wind farms have contributed to enhancing growth. Of the total 291 plants that came into operation in the country, 140 of them are wind power and produced 4.9 GW of power – accounting for 47.65% of the array expansion in the year.

Next are the solar ones. There were 104 solar PV plants, responsible for a production of 4070.9 MW.

This also adds up to a total of 291 plants. 33 thermal power plants (1,214.9 MW), 11 small hydropower plants (158.0 MW), and three hydropower plants (11.4 MW). The projects were built in 19 states located in the five Brazilian regions.

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