Brazil gets 88% of energy from renewables

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Renewables represented 82% of Brazil's installed capacity and produced 88% of total power in June, according to the energy ministry's monthly bulletin.

Installed capacity of renewables grew 7,401MW in the month in comparison with June 2017, of which 3,450MW came from hydro, 2,219MW from wind, 1,365MW from solar and 524MW from biomass.

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During the month, hydropower production reached 102,228MW of installed capacity, followed by biomass with 14,657MW. The country has 561 biomass plants, which produce electricity from sources such as charcoal, wood residues, sugarcane bagasse, and rice husk, among others. Wind power provides 12,931MW of Brazil's installed capacity and solar power 1,602MW.

In related news, five new transmission lines with total extension of 585km started operations in June.