Renewables installed capacity nears 50% in Spain

The Puertollano 2 solar park. Source: Renovalia Energy Group

December 19 (Renewables Now) - Renewables are estimated to account for 49.3% of the total power generation capacity in Spain as 2019 comes to a close, Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE) said in a year in review post on Thursday.

The installed renewable energy capacity rose by 10% in 2019, with close to 5 GW coming online.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity has grown the most over the year, up by 66% compared to the 2018 installations. By the end of 2019, Spain will have more than 7.8 GW of solar power in total.

Wind farms have added more than 1.6 GW this year, raising the total installed wind power capacity to over 25.2 GW. This figure includes the first 5 MW of offshore wind that made a Spanish debut in 2019 with the deployment and commissioning of an offshore turbine in the waters around the island of Gran Canaria.

Two coal-fired power plants totalling 347 MW were taken offline further contributing to Spain's decarbonisation efforts, REE said.

In 2019, renewables have generated 36.8% of all electricity in the country. Five days ago, on December 14, coal-based power was not used at all to produce electricity for a whole day in the Spanish peninsula, REE said.

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