March 16 (Renewables Now) - Spain’s mainland commissioned 6,528 MW of renewables in 2019, growing its installed green capacity by 13.6% compared to the previous year, according to the provisional report issued by Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE).
With the total of 54,458 MW installed, renewables with hydro included slightly towered over the amount of the non-renewable generation capacity for the first time, REE pointed out.
As of January 10, 2020, the cut-off date for the report, renewables accounted for 52% of the total installed capacity in the Spanish peninsula, where all power systems combined generate 104,801 MW.
Breakdown by technologies and territories is presented in the table below:
|Mainland Spain:||Total renewables installed by end-2019|
|- wind||25,255 MW|
|- hydro||17,083 MW|
|- solar PV||8,623 MW|
|- CSP||2,304 MW|
|- other renewables||1,071 MW|
|- renewables waste||122 MW|
|Extra-peninsular territories:||Total installed - all sources combined - by end-2019|
|The Balearic Islands||2,243 MW|
|The Canary Islands||3,012 MW|
Renewables had a 39% share in the power production in the peninsula, which reached a total of 247,002 GWh in 2019. Demand for electricity declined by 1.7% to 249,144 GWh.
Demand also declined in Ceuta and Melilla, two port cities in North Africa and part of Spain’s extra-peninsular territories alongside the islands, by 0.6% and 1%, respectively.
The Balearic Islands, which share a connection with the mainland, increased demand by 0.9% to 6,114 GWh.
Demand in the Canary Islands climbed by 0.4% to 8,875 GWh, 16.3% of which was covered by local renewables.