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Brazil's Ambitious New 10-Year Energy Expansion Plan Focuses On Solar Power

By Brian Spaen

Like other countries around the world taking strides to become more sustainable, Brazil also wants to step their game up and become a major player in the international renewable energy market. The country's energy agency, EPE, along with the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), recently unveiled a draft of their 10-year Energy Expansion Plan. The ambitious plan focuses on increasing the country's renewable energy usage and hopes to have at least 13 gigawatts of additional solar energy capacity by the time 2026 rolls around.

The new plan, also known as PDE 2026 (Plano Decenal de Energia), was initially delayed due to ongoing fallout from the scandal with Brazil’s oil group, Petrobras, and the country’s last two presidents. It’s been the major key in the country’s recession and the company has lost billions of dollars. There were changes to personnel in both the EPE and government.

Solar energy will receive a tremendous upgrade over the next 10 years. Brazil currently has 21 megawatts of mass solar capacity, which will turn into one gigawatt by the end of the year. That is expected to jump up over 9.6 gigawatts by 2026. Adding to that is 3.5 gigawatts of distributed generation solar power, which is decentralized energy. This type of energy will be used on-site and won’t be connected to a large-scale electric grid. In all, that will put the solar energy capacity at over 13 gigawatts.