July 12 (Renewables Now) - In the first six months of the year, renewables produced total of 45.8% of Spain’s power, up by 8.5 percentage points from the first half (H1) of 2017, according to grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE).
The output of wind farms in Spain grew by 10.4% year-on-year to 27,779 GWh, and was equal to a share of 22.6% of total power on the peninsula. Thus, wind was the leading energy source in power generation, followed by nuclear energy with 20.6% and hydropower with 16.9%.
Thanks to more rains, especially when compared to the particularly dry 2017 in Spain, hydropower generation in H1 2018 jumped by 74% on the year to 20,821 GWh.
Solar parks, both photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP), produced 4.6% of Spain’s power in the period.
Between 2007 and 2017, renewables in the Spanish electric system have surged by 53%. REE said it is working on projects that will allow it to connect up to 30,500 MW of additional renewables to the grid.
Demand for electricity in H1 2018 stood at 126,411 GWh.