South America’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) facility will officially open soon.The 475 MW chunk of the Sao Goncalo solar PV plant, in the northeast of Brazil, had been connected to the grid and would be able to produce more than 1,200 gigawatt hours annually when up and running.
Work on an additional 133 MW section of the project began last August. The addition will bring Sao Goncalo’s total capacity to 608 MW when finished. At full output, the whole plant will eventually be able to prevent the emission of more than 860,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year.
This solar project comes on the heels of ongoing negotiations in Brazil on how to price solar power.Aneel, a Brazilian power regulator, has considered eliminating solar power incentives. Earlier this month, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro state he has “ruled out” a solar tax in order to “support the development of clean sources of power.”
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewable energy meets nearly 45% of “primary energy demand” in Brazil. Hydropower plants are responsible for about 80% of domestic electricity production in the country.
Last October, the agency said that, worldwide, renewable power capacity was forecast to increase by 50% between 2019 and 2024, with solar photovoltaics due to make up nearly 60% of the expected rise.