Argentina's renewables reach record 24.7% share on Aug 22

Vientos del Secano wind turbines, Argentina. Image courtesy of Envision Energy.

August 24 (Renewables Now) - Argentina's renewable energy plants generated enough power to meet 24.72% of the wholesale power demand at 1705 local time on August 22, achieving a new country record, the government said on Monday.

At that moment, renewable energy sources generated 3,166.39 MW, the Argentine government added, citing data from the wholesale electricity market administrator CAMMESA.

The previous record was set at 0550 on July 10, 2021, when renewables met 24.11% of the demand.

Wind farms were the largest contributors on August 22, accounting for 71.46% of the total renewable energy produced. Solar came in second with 19.39%, followed by bioenergy with 5.6% and small hydropower plants (HPPs) with 3.55%.

In July, Argentina's renewables generated a historical maximum of 1,600.4 GWh, of which 80.69% corresponded to wind, 8.7% to photovoltaic (PV), 6.57% to bioenergy and 4.04% to small HPPs.

Between July and August, plants bringing a total of 103.22 MW of new renewable energy capacity were cleared to start operation, the government added.

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