The Chamber of Electric Energy Trading (CCEE) reported that the generation of photovoltaic solar energy grew 21.7% in the first quarter of 2020, compared to the same period last year. In March alone, the source increased by 29% compared to the same month of 2019.
In the first quarter, electricity generation in the National Interconnected System (SIN) fell 1.9%, with the volume consumed reaching an average 66,532megawatts (MW). In the period, hydroelectric production fell by 2.5% and wind power production generated 15.8% less than in the same months last year. Given this result, thermoelectric generation grew, about 7.4%.
Also according to CCEE data, energy consumption in the first quarter fell 1.9% year-on-year, from 67,740 average MW to 66,449 average MW. “The consumption behavior does not fully reflect the effects of social isolation measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic, which began on March 21,” the organization said.