Renewables meet 13% of Argentina's demand for power in 2021

PV Plant in Argentine province of Mendoza

January 20 (Renewables Now) - Argentina met 13% of its demand for power with renewable energy in 2021, an increase from the 10% mark recorded in the previous year, the Argentine government announced on Wednesday.

A total of 26 large-scale power plants were connected to the grid in 2021, bringing 1,004.57 MW of new capacity, up 24% compared to 2020. Renewables represented as much as 97% of the new capacity.

Wind parks accounted for 42.3% of the power plants inaugurated in 2021, followed by bioenergy plants with 30.8%, solar farms with 15.4% and small hydropower plants (HPPs) with 11.5%.

In terms of output, wind was at the top with 74% of the power generated in 2021. Solar plants came in second with 13%, while the share of small HPPs and bioenergy was 7% and 6%, respectively, the Argentine government said citing data by wholesale electricity market administrator CAMMESA.

During 2021, renewables also reached a historical record by covering 28.84% of Argentina’s demand on September 26, at 0930 local time. Another milestone achieved in the South American country was the 111% growth in the number of registered distributed generation (DG) prosumers and a 190% jump in installed DG capacity.

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