August 31 (SeeNews) - Renewable power plants produced 39.5% of Spain’s power in the first eight months of 2015, with wind power having the largest share at 19.6%, said grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE).
Hydropower had a 12.3% share in the country’s mix in January-August. The remaining 7.6% were spread between solar energy and thermal renewables.
In August alone renewables were responsible for 31.7% of Spain’s power, with wind’s share being 15.2%. Wind farms in the country generated 3,284 GWh for the month, marking a 13.7% year-over-year rise.
The share of low-carbon generation this month was 53%, when nuclear energy is added to the calculation.
Spain had 30 GW of installed wind power capacity at the end of 2014, ranking second in Europe, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). It, however, has not installed a single megawatt in the first half of 2015. The Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE) warned in July that in 2020 about 50% of Spain’s installed turbines will be more than 15 years old.