Solar energy has record generation and BRL 86.2 billion in investments in Brazil
The solar source has already surpassed the installed power of thermoelectric plants powered by oil and other fossils in the Brazilian electricity matrix and is rapidly approaching the total installed power of plants that use biomass as their main source.
Exactly sixty days after hitting 15 gigawatts (GW), Brazil has just surpassed a new historic mark, that of 16 GW of installed power from the photovoltaic solar source, adding up the large plants and the systems of own generation of electric energy on roofs. , facades and small plots.
According to ABSOLAR, the solar source has already brought to Brazil more than BRL 86.2 billion in new investments, BRL 22.8 billion in public coffers and has generated more than 479,800 jobs since 2012. this also avoided the emission of 23.6 million tons of CO2 in electricity generation.
For Rodrigo Sauaia, CEO of ABSOLAR, the advancement of solar energy in the country, via large plants and through its own generation in homes, small businesses, rural properties and public buildings, is fundamental for the social, economic and environmental development of Brazil. “The source helps diversify the country’s electricity supply, reducing pressure on water resources and the risk of even more increases in the population’s electricity bills,” he says.
According to him, large-scale solar plants generate electricity at prices up to ten times lower than emergency fossil thermoelectric plants or electricity imported from neighboring countries today, two of the main factors responsible for the tariff increase on consumers.
The sector expects accelerated growth this year in solar systems in operation in Brazil, especially solar self-generation systems, mainly as a result of the entry into force of Law No.
“It is the best time to invest in solar energy, precisely because of the transition period provided for in the law, which guarantees the maintenance of current rules for consumers who install a solar system on the roof until January 2023 until 2045”, says Ronaldo Koloszuk, president of the Board of Directors of ABSOLAR.
Brazil has approximately 5.1 GW of installed power in large solar plants, equivalent to 2.6% of the country’s electricity matrix. Since 2012, large solar plants have already brought to Brazil more than R$ 27.0 billion in new investments and more than 152 thousand jobs, in addition to providing a collection of R$ 8.4 billion to the public coffers.
In the segment of own energy generation, there are more than 10.9 GW of installed power from the solar source. This is equivalent to more than BRL 59.2 billion in investments, BRL 14.4 billion in collections and more than 327,800 jobs accumulated since 2012, spread across the five regions of Brazil. Solar technology is currently used in 98% of all self-generation connections in the country, clearly leading the segment.
When adding the installed capacities of the large plants and the own generation of solar energy, the solar source occupies the fifth place in the Brazilian electric matrix. The solar source has already surpassed the installed power of thermoelectric plants powered by oil and other fossils in the Brazilian electricity matrix and is rapidly approaching the total installed power of plants that use biomass as their main source.
According to Koloszuk, in addition to being competitive and affordable, solar energy is quick to install and helps to ease consumers’ pockets, reducing their electricity costs by up to 90%. “Competitive and clean electrical energy is essential for the country to recover its economy and be able to grow. The solar source is part of this solution and a real engine for generating opportunities and new jobs”, concludes the President of the Council.