Solar panels in Spain. Author: Jordi Domènech i Arnau. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.
The share of renewable energy sources in mainland Spain’s power mix in 2016 grew to 41.1% from 36.9% a year earlier, show provisional figures released today.
Nuclear power plants were the number-one source with a share of 22%, followed by wind with 19.2% and hydro with 14.1%, grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE) said. The increase of 4.2 percentage points for renewables comes mainly as a result of increased hydropower plant (HPP) output.
In 2016 Spain closed some coal-fired power capacity, resulting in a small decrease in total installed capacity, but the deployment of solar phovotoltaic (PV) systems helped partially offset that effect. At the end of the year, Spain will have 105.3 GW of power capacity, REE said.
The table shows the different energy sources’ share in power generation.
Share in 2016
Combined-cycle natural gas
Solar (PV plus thermal)
Electricity demand in 2016 is estimated at 250.27 TWh, up by 0.8% year-on-year.