Brazil has 70 MW of installed solar power under net metering

A rooftop PV array in Brazil.

PV systems installed under Brazil’s net metering scheme have reached 70 MW as of the end of March, according to data provided by local energy regulator ANEEL.

In March, 463 systems with a combined capacity of 2.8 MW were connected to the grid in Brazil. Overall, around 9,300 installations totaling 70.7 MW have been energized under the net metering scheme to date.

Minas Gerais is the Brazilian state with the largest share, with 2,000 installations and 21 MW of installed capacity, followed by Sao Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul with 9 MW each.

Several Brazilian states such as Sao Paulo have adopted specific measures to support net metering. The last two states to have implemented the scheme are Goiás, which launched an initiative in February, and Santa Catarina, which has put in place a pilot incentive program for residential installations.

On the other hand, in 2016 the Brazilian government has introduced a package of measures to improve net metering conditions at a national level. The measures include better financial conditions for project loans and the increase of the size limit for projects under net metering to 5 MW.