Date: October 11
The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) published the Monthly Energy Bulletin for the month of July 2022.
The publication shows a trend of an increase of more than 80% in the installed photovoltaic capacity related to Distributed Generation (DG) compared to the previous year.
Reasons for growth
The strong increase in DG, as explained by the MME, is a reflection of public policies to promote renewable energy sources and Micro and Mini Distributed Generation, such as Law No. 13,203/2015 and Law No. 14,300/2022 . Considered the legal framework for DG, Law 14,300 generated a “race” in the sector, given the opportunity to guarantee the free Distribution System Use Fee (TUSD).
ABGD news and forecasts
The Brazilian Solar Energy Association celebrates its 7 years promoting the segment, a modality that, for two years, has added more installed power to the electrical system and that, according to the union, should close 2022 with about 16 GW, twice as much. what he registered at the end of 2021.
Currently, 26 Brazilian states and the Federal District, in a total of 5,500 municipalities, compared to 367 in September 2015, use GD. The number of consumers who generate their own energy grew, in these 7 years, from 2.5 thousand to 1.6 million.
From September 2015, when ABGD was created, to the present, the growth of the installed capacity of distributed generation jumped from 13 MW to 13.5 GW. The issue became part of the usual agenda in structural and regulatory debates in the energy sector, attracting more and more companies and consumers. With the spread of this clean and renewable energy generation model, until then little explored, the benefits of DG became increasingly known.
“This is an energy modality that added the greatest installed power to the energy system in the last two years, its own energy generation should end 2022 with double the power compared to December 2021. No other modality grows as fast as DG in Brazil”, highlights Guilherme Chrispim, president of ABGD.
The example of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro became one of the nine Brazilian states to exceed the 500 MW mark of installed power in Distributed Generation (DG), joining Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Paraná, Río Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Bahia. Own power generation systems are present in 92 (100%) of the municipalities of Rio de Janeiro, with the city of Rio de Janeiro having the largest volume of installed power (106.7 MW).
The state had reached the 250 MW mark in May 2021, that is, in just over a year, Rio de Janeiro doubled its own power generation capacity. The first 250 MW in Rio de Janeiro took more than nine years to complete.
“There is a justified race for the sun, especially in solar energy. This trend should continue in the second half of the year, as a result of changes in the charging of the Distribution System Usage Fee (TUSD) for access requests submitted from next year”, says Guilherme Chrispim, president of the Brazilian Association of Distributed Generation (ABGD).
Solar energy is the most used by prosumers in Rio de Janeiro (producers and consumers of energy), with 480 MW (96%), followed by mini and micro thermoelectric plants (UTE), with 3%. “In the coming years, expanding the diversification of sources used in distributed generation will be one of the challenges for the sector. We need to make better use of the possibilities in biomass and municipal solid waste,” says Chrispim.
In the state of Rio de Janeiro, the residential consumption class is the predominant one, with 305.1 MW; It is closely followed by the connections of commercial establishments, with 156.5 MW. The industrial and rural areas also stand out, with 22.1 MW and 13.8 MW, respectively.
Barriers and solutions for DG
In April of this year, on our YouTube channel we premiered a very interesting talk with three protagonists of this segment, Soltec, Unión Española Fotovoltaica and ABGD, to learn about the barriers that still exist in Spain and Brazil and the solutions for their development, such as the Solarfighter, Soltec’s all-in-one kit for projects of this type.
Source: Peru Energy