Renewables share in Spain down to 46.3% in June

Solar park in Spain. Source: Alten Energias Renovables.

July 2 (Renewables Now) - Spain's renewables generated 9,249 GWh of power in June, increasing production levels by 8.4% compared to the same period a year prior, Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE) said in its latest monthly estimates report.

This level of output brought the renewables share in the total production to 46.3%, down from 50.7% reached in May, as REE estimated at the time.

Wind farms, Spain’s top source of renewable power, finished June with the combined output of 3,672 GWh, up 9.8% year-on-year. The share of wind was very close to that of nuclear power and combined cycle power plants.

Production from solar farms rose by 28% on the year to 2,296 GWh.

More details are presented in the following table:

Technology: Share in June: Estimated production in June (in GWh): Y/Y change: January-June combined share:
Wind 18.4% 3,672 9.8% 24.7%
Hydro 10.8% 2,151 -4.9% 15.1%
Solar PV 11.5% 2,296 28% 7.7%
Solar CSP 3.4% 685 -3.7% 1.7%
Other renewables 1.8% 362 -4.7% 1.8%
Nuclear 18.6% 3,711 2.5% 20.9%
Cogeneration 11.1% 2,223 1.5% 10.2%
Combined cycle 18.8% 3,751 -6.4% 12.5%
Coal 2.4% 475 31.4% 1.6%

The nation’s gross demand for electricity was estimated at some 20,858 GWh, which represented a 7.8% increase compared to June 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic was still shaking Spain. Compared to June 2019, the national demand was behind by 2.7%.

Demand figures for mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands follow in the table below:

Territory Estimated demand in June 2021 vs June 2020 vs June 2019
Mainland Spain 19,717 GWh +7.4% -2.1%
Balearic Islands 459,718 MWh +27.4% -15.8%
Canary Islands 649,142 MWh +7.7% -9.8%
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