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Former Minister of Mines and Energy predicts expansion of 120% in solar energy production in Brazil

May 14, 2022 3:45 pm to 3:45 pm
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Bento Albuquerque expects that, by the year 2031, solar energy will be responsible for 17% of all electricity generated in Brazil

According to Bento Albuquerque, former Minister of Mines and Energy, photovoltaic solar energy should, by the end of 2031, be in charge of about 17% of the electricity matrix produced in Brazil.

According to Canal Solar, Albuquerque also stated that the value corresponds to a growth of 120% in a nine-year interval, since, currently, solar energy concerns 7.7% of all the electrical energy generated here.

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In addition, the former minister highlighted that, in the last year, Brazil ranked fourth among the countries in the world in terms of the expansion of distributed generation, being behind only countries such as U.S, a China and India. In a seminar held by ANEEL (National Electric Energy Agency), Albuquerque declared that, in his view, the country is very well positioned.

The term “distributed generation” refers to the form of energy production carried out by consumers themselves, as occurs, for example, in homes or companies that present plates for the generation of solar energy.

Albuquerque also confirms the holding of an auction to help with energy generation expenses

During the ANEEL seminar, the executive also assured that, in June, another concession auction will take place for the construction of lines and energy transmission facilities. Thus, 13 lots will be auctioned, located in 13 states in Brazil, and the expectation is to receive R$ 15.3 billion in investments, with the installation of 4.5 thousand kilometers of transmission lines.

On other occasions, Bento Albuquerque has also expressed optimistic feelings about the solar energy sector. In October of last year, for example, the former minister said he believed that, by the end of the decade, Brazil could reach 13% of its energy matrix supplied by solar energy.

This comment was made during the opening of Proenergia 2021, in which he also stated that Brazil would invest resources in renewable sources for the next few years in order to reduce the country's dependence on hydroelectric plants from 61% to 49%, by 2030.

High electricity bill makes the search for alternative energy sources increase in Brazil, with a strong increase in solar energy production

Eight Brazilian states have recently undergone readjustments in the electricity bill approved by the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel), namely: Pernambuco, Bahia, Sergipe, Alagoas, Rio Grande do Norte, Ceará, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul. The additions are a cause of distress for consumers, who are now looking for other energy alternatives, such as solar energy, in order to save on their expenses.
In the state of Pernambuco, the value of the electricity bill increased by 18,97% for low voltage consumers. The other seven affected states, in turn, also had their electricity bills increased at rates from 18% to 25%.
In this way, the increase in expenses with the electricity bill made many Brazilians look for alternative energy sources, which favored the expansion of other energy sources.

The president of the Brazilian Photovoltaic Solar Energy Association (Absolar), Rodrigo Sauaia, stated that the solar source is currently increasingly sought after by consumers due to the fact that it is more economical to produce energy from the sun than to buy it from other companies. Thus, according to Sauaia, it allows consumers to save directly from their own pockets.
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