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Spain connects close to 6.5 GW of renewables in 2019

The Hinojal wind farm. Source: Fersa Energias Renovables SA.

January 24 (Renewables Now) - Spain commissioned a total of 6,456 MW of renewable energy capacity in 2019, a figure that towers over 330 MW that had been grid-connected the year before, according to the country's transmission system operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE).

Tallying last year’s accomplishments, REE said Thursday that the 2019 additions enabled Spain to reach a total of 55,247 MW of renewables capacity and deploy new infrastructure to support the integration.

Of the total that came online in 2019, 5,689 MW were awarded in the government’s 2017 renewable energy auctions.

Summary of REE’s statistics is presented in the table below:

Technology: Commissioned in 2019: Share in total capacity:
Wind 2,319 MW 46%
Solar PV 3,975 MW 16%
Other 162 MW 38%

The new installations further contributed to the increase in renewable power generation, which reached 97,826 GWh and a total share of 37.5%.

Wind power generation enjoyed a 9.3% year-on-year growth, and, with a 20.8% share in the production, took the third spot in the mix behind nuclear power and the combined cycle technologies.

Last year was also good for solar photovoltaic (PV) power, which saw the national production increasing by 18.8% year-on-year.

Solar broke its own daily production record on August 23 by generating 34,758 MWh in the Spanish peninsula. A monthly production record was also achieved in August 2019 with 972,519 MWh. Another record was broken on October 26, when solar power generated its hourly maximum of 4,185 MWh between 1300 and 1400 hours local time.

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