05/23/2017 14h13

Large utilities invest in distributed generation

Valor International

Growing consumer interest in distributed generation is leading large electricity companies to look into the segment, which includes solar generation in homes and offices. The companies, including CPFL Energia, AES Tietê, Enel and Engie Brasil Energia want to find ways of profiting from the sector's growth and prepare for future changes in distribution models. Official data show that Brazil has over 10,519 micro and mini generation connections producing 113,195.48 kilowatts, overwhelmingly from solar sources. Engie Solar was created in April in 2016 by then Tractebel Energia, and has installed 300 systems since then. It aims to reach 1,500 by late 2017. CPFL Energia, in its turn, launched its own unit called Envo.