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When working on their research project, the scientists used the data about the energy infrastructure in Brazil accumulated by the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency and by the Energy Research and Development Administration. Based on the data about the solar radiation output in Brazil in 2019, the researchers calculated the potential of SPPs commissioning for every Brazilian state using the energy data analysis model (EnDAT) developed by German Aerospace Center. The model takes into account the territories where accommodation of SPPs is impossible, as well as the total area of roofs, facades and open spaces fit for solar panels installation.
According to the research results, up to 337.8 GW of SPPs may be accommodated in 27 Brazilian states, which is equivalent to 40% of power of all the solar plants operating across the world in the end of 2021 (849.5 GW according to the International Renewable Energy Agency [IRENA]). The Eastern states of Bahia and Minas Gerais, as well as Mato Grosso in the central part of the country cumulatively account for over one third of the maximum possible capacity of Brazilian SPPs (125.5 GW out of 337.8 GW).
SPPs share in the energy generation of Brazil made 2.5% in 2021. According to Global Energy Monitor, by the beginning of 2023 5,4 GW of SPPs were operating in the country, and additional 7.4 GW SPPs were under construction.