Brazil has a significant potential for the use of solar energy, classified as a renewable source. The use of solar energy has the potential of to increase the country's energy security and to contribute with the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The present study focuses on understanding and assessing the impact of aerosols on the incidence of solar irradiation in two highly urbanized coastal locations: Santos (SP) and Rio de Janeiro (RJ). The magnitude of the impact of aerosols on the solar resource will be assessed through time series analysis of aerosol optical depth (AOD) from satellite (MODIS), surface station (AERONET) and meteorological reanalysis (MERRA-2) data.
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