Solar energy is one of the fastest growing in Brazil and in the world in terms of generation capacity. Globally, the installed capacity reached 840 gigawatts last year.
Here in Brazil, capacity jumped from 1.2 gigawatts in 2017 to the current 17.5 gigawatts, according to data from ABSOLAR (Brazilian Photovoltaic Solar Energy Association. In the same period, the so-called "distributed generation" (connected directly to the distributor and produced closer to the final consumer) registered an increase of 6,200%, from 190 megawatts in 2007 to the current 12 gigawatts.
Of the total energy produced in the distributed generation system, about 47% is destined for residential consumption, 31% for consumption by the commerce and services sectors, 14% for rural activities, and 7% for the industrial sector.
Although they represent a relatively small portion of the national installed capacity, the Northeastern states have an enormous potential for investments in the sector, considering the high incidence of sunshine in the region. In the so-called "centralized generation" (composed of larger plants), seven of the ten units of the Federation with the most power to be delivered in new projects are in the region.
Bahia, for example, currently has 1.4 gigawatts in operation and another 7 gigawatts in projects; Rio Grande do Norte has a current capacity of 179.5 megawatts in plants already built and 4.8 gigawatts in new projects. And Paraíba can jump from the current 185.7 megawatts to 2.3 gigawatts.
Our first plant in São José de Mipibu (RN) is able to generate 112.5 kilowatts, awaiting only its integration into the concessionary network to start production that will make our token fungible.