Spain nears 50% renewables for first half 2018, led by wind power

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Wind, hydro and solar combined to supply 45.8% of Spain’s electricity demand in first six months of 2018.

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A bumper half-year for wind power has helped to deliver nearly 50 per cent renewables for Spain in the first six months of 2018, joining forces with hydro and solar to cover 45.8 per cent of the European nation’s electricity demand.

Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE) said the nation’s wind farms generated a 22.6 per cent share of total power in Spain to July, beating out nuclear (20.6 per cent) to be Spain’s leading energy source.

“Compared with the first six months of 2017, wind production has increased by 10.4%,” said the REE.

Hydropower – which grew by a huge 74 per cent in the first half of 2018 compared to the same time last year, after a relatively dry 2017 – was third biggest contributor to the grid, at 16.9 per cent.

Solar energy contributed an additional 4.6 per cent in the same period – a combination of 3 per cent from solar PV generation, and 1.6 per cent from solar thermal systems.

REE said that total grid-connected renewables in Spain had grown by 53 per cent between 2007 and 2017, with another 30,500MW of additional renewables in the pipeline, and set to be connected.

In terms of solar, a separate REE report noted that a total 4,687MW of solar PV capacity, and 2,304MW of solar thermal systems had been installed throughout Spain by the end of 2017.

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4 Comments
  1. Joe 2 months ago

    They’re putting some runs on the board our Spanish cousins.

  2. Vic Webster 2 months ago

    Despite our Federal Government’s attempts to block RE (and EV) uptake in Australia, people-power is fighting back with rooftop solar uptake being the highest in the world. Meanwhile, our elected representatives – one could hardly call them leaders – continue to subsidise the dying fossil fuel industry to the tune of almost $11bn per year (acc. to MarketForces). The politicians involved in this naked corruption should be jailed. In China they would be.

  3. heinbloed 2 months ago

    Neighbour Portugal hit the 60% RE mark with national power supply in the first half of 2018 – and exported 6% as well to Spain:

    https://www.ren.pt/en-GB/media/comunicados/detalhe/consumption_of_electricity_increases_3_7__in_the_first_half_of_the_year_2/

  4. Tint Depot 2 months ago

    Espana is doing great!

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