Brazil's Distributed PV Capacity Reaches 5GW by 2020
Brazil's distributed solar power capacity has reached 5 GW by the end of 2020, according to data from ABGD, the Brazilian Association of Distributed Generation.
The association said the Brazilian renewable energy market continues to grow. As of June last year, distributed solar power in Brazil reached 3 GW, and by November it had reached 4 GW, with a cumulative total of 5 GW by the end of December. The rapid growth in distributed solar capacity is a testament to the potential of the sector.
Of the 7.5 GW of new solar capacity to be added in Brazil in 2020, distributed capacity accounts for 4.4 GW, it should be noted in particular.
Carlos Evangelista, president of the association, explained that the industry is growing rapidly in Brazil based on the country's climatic resources in the north and south, as well as the versatility and adaptability of solar energy itself. In addition, solar panels can be installed in a modular fashion in different locations, such as on land, roofs, sheds or even vertical walls, and in a variety of sizes and configurations. This technology brings employment, sustainability, energy cost savings and development throughout Brazil.
In 2021, Brazil is expected to be among the top three distributed solar power markets in the world. Distributed generation is expected to create more than 150,000 jobs and bring R$15 billion in direct investment to Brazil in 2021, even in the midst of a viral pandemic.
South Africa launches 1GW solar project tender
South Africa's Department of Energy recently said it has opened a tender process for 2.6 GW of new renewable energy projects to independent power producers, with a five-bid window open until Aug. 4, 2021.
The Department of Energy said the target of the tender is to procure 1.6 GW of wind and 1 GW of solar power capacity.
At the same time, the DOE also announced some of the top bidders for the hybrid facilities.
Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO of the South African Wind Energy Association, said, "The advantage of renewable energy hybrid systems is their ability to combine the two fastest growing renewable energy technologies."
The challenges facing Eskom, South Africa's national power utility, have brought to light the fact that the country cannot achieve steady economic growth without a reliable supply of electricity.