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Non-hydro renewables reach 20.6% share in Italy's 7-mo power

Solar panels in Italy. Photo by: Rete Rinnovabile Srl (www.rtrenergy.it).

September 12 (Renewables Now) - Italy’s wind, solar, biomass and geothermal power plants met over 20.6% of the country’s electricity demand in the first seven months of 2018, shows data by power grid operator Terna SpA (BIT:TRN).

When hydropower is added to the calculation, the total renewables share reaches almost 37%. The share of thermal power plants was near 49% and imports accounted for 16%. More details are available in the table.

(figures in TWh) July 2018 Jan- July 2018 Jan- July 2017
Electricity demand 30.47 188.65 187.8
Hydro 4.97 30.7 23.74
Solar PV 2.97 14.4 15.5
Wind power 1.23 10.88 10.1
Geothermal power 0.47 3.33 3.42

In July alone, Italy’s renewable energy-based power plants produced enough to meet close to 37% of demand. Their combined output increased by 4.5% from July 2017.

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