Brazil’s distributed solar PV systems, including plants up to 5 MW, have exceeded 22 GW of cumulative capacity. By the end of June, more than 2 million groups were in use nationwide.
Brazil deployed 4.2 GW of new distributed solar generation in the first six months of 2023, according to Aneel, the country’s regulator. This included connecting 365,000 new systems to the network under the net metering system.
By the end of June, the cumulative capacity of Brazil’s distributed solar power systems, including plants up to 5 MW, was 22 GW. These installs were distributed to over 2 million groups.
In the first half of the year, residential construction’s share of newly installed capacity was approximately 2.12 GW, and the commercial segment’s share was approximately 1 GW. The remaining capacity was represented by small-scale solar parks.
Among the states, the largest increase was São Paulo, which added 656 MW in the first six months, followed by Minas Gerais with 460 MW. Minas Gerais currently leads in cumulative capacity with 3,002 MW, slightly ahead of São Paulo’s 3,000 MW.
Eight Brazilian states have passed the 1 GW installed capacity milestone by the end of June. In addition to Minas Gerais and São Paulo, these states include Rio Grande do Sul with 2,272 MW, Paraná with 2,140 MW, Santa Catarina with 1,365 MW, Mato Grosso with 1,286 MW, Goiás with 1,023 MW and North Bahia as the only state with 1 GW, especially 1 000.235 MW.
Most of the capacity added in the first half of the year came from on-site installations, accounting for 77% of the observed 2023 expansion, totaling 3,264 MW. Cumulatively, the share of on-site distributed generation is 77% of the total generation with 17,229 MW.