Number of the week

Brazil enters top 15 of solar energy producers

Brazil’s energy crisis means solar’s growing contribution is important – but it still remains only a small proportion of the total energy mix

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Solar panels in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Photo: Paralaxis/Shutterstock

Welcome to “Number of the Week,” where we choose a single figure that helps understand what is going on in Brazil. This week, we show that even though the country is in the midst of an energy crisis, solar energy has hit a historic mark in installed capacity.

10gigawatts
solar power output in Brazil

ONS, the operator of Brazil’s national power grid, warned the government of the “degrading” levels of the country’s hydroelectric reservoirs, highlighting the need to increase production by 7 percent to minimize risks of outages in the next two months. For that...

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