Renewables Produce Record 50.7% of Energy in May in Spain

Jun 8, 2021 11:49 AM ET
  • The Red Eléctrica de España (REE), a partially state-owned and public restricted corporation which runs the nationwide power grid in Spain, recently reported that renewable energy reached a vital turning point last month when, for the very first time, more than half of the energy generated in the country was of eco-friendly origin.

The data supplied by the REE reveals that renewable energy, consisting of wind, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal and also hydro, accounted for 50.7% of the monthly generation, the number depending on 73.3% when likewise including energy created from modern technologies that do not release CARBON DIOXIDE equivalent. The rise in the involvement of renewable resource in Spain's energy mix has actually grown by 10% compared to last year.

Wind energy, which produced 23.4% of the power in May, has been the leading technology of this month, while solar photovoltaic has actually set a new regular monthly record high manufacturing. Generation from wind power in May got to 4,794 GWh, a number 20.9% higher than that registered in the very same month last year, being the most crucial innovation in the generation mix, ahead of nuclear (21.4%) and the mixed cycle that stood for 12%.

Solar solar created 2,331 GWh, 42.4% more than that in May 2020, with an involvement rate of 11.4% in the energy mix. According to readily available data, on May 29, the optimum daily solar photovoltaic or pv generation (89 GWh) was recorded and the greatest share of this technology, which got to 14.7% of the total for the day. For its component, solar thermal generation, in charge of 3.4% of the monthly overall, grew by 25.4% to 693 GWh.

Among lots of brand-new tasks targeted at decarbonising Spain, RE startup Greenland revealed in April this year that it was partnering with Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) and Bosch Rexroth to establish a 5GW vertically incorporated solar module manufacturing facility in the country, which would be constructed as well as run in the free trade area of the port of Seville in Andalusia.

Additionally part of the bright side originating from REE is the unrelenting fall in coal. This energy source has actually hardly inhabited 1.6% of manufacturing, as well as its annual quota was up to 1.5% in between January as well as May. These figures are significantly becoming irrelevant and that would anticipate its soon-arriving loss from the energy mix of Spain.

The participation numbers for wind power will probably gain for the following few years, thanks to the begin of the growth of overseas wind centers, such as the one recently announced by Iberdrola which will include the setup of a 1,000 MW wind farm on the Galician coast and also an investment of 1 billion euros in a campaign that wishes to reach 3,000 MW consisting of tasks in various other parts of the country.

A new plan review released by the International Energy Agency last month stated that Spain had actually made considerable development towards its goal of reaching web absolutely no emissions by 2050, however future gains required to be sustained by secure policies, adequate public funding as well as incentives for exclusive investment.


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