Distributed generation – a growing market in Latin America
In the early aughts of the 21st century, distributed generation (DG) systems in Latin America were mainly installed as off-grid systems in remote rural areas that were isolated from the grid, writes Maria Chea, Solar Analyst at IHS Markit. As the El Niño phenomenon and high oil prices continued to exacerbate high electricity prices and power shortages, governments began to turn their attention to distributed generation, including PV systems, to assuage strains on their national grids.
PV installation on the rooftop of Brazil's institute of Energy and Mines. By the end of 2018, IHS Markit estimates that there will be over 800 MW of installed distributed generation PV capacity in Latin America, more than holf of which will be located in Brazil.
Image: Samuca Melo/PR
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