Spain's renewables reach 37.8% share in total production in Aug

The Puertollano 2 solar park. Source: Renovalia Energy Group

September 3 (Renewables Now) - Spain produced 37.8% of its electricity from renewables in August, grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE) said in its latest preliminary report.

The renewables share in the total generation stayed about the same as in July. Figures for the first eight months of the year show an accumulated share of 43.9%.

Wind power generation rose by 24.3% year-on-year to 3,593 GWh, making wind farms the top renewable electricity producer.

Since the beginning of the year to August 3, Spain’s solar photovoltaic (PV) produced 9,288 GWh, which was more than they generated throughout the whole of 2019, REE noted. At the end of the month, the total PV output reached 10,932 GWh.

Spain’s power mix in August is summarised in the table below:

Technology: August 2020 share: Estimated production in GWh: January - August 2020 share:
Wind 15.8% 3,593 20.2%
Hydro 8.5% 1,926 12.9%
Solar PV 8.0% 1,816 6.6%
Solar CSP 3.5% 786 2.2%
Nuclear 22.7% 5,153 22.0%
Cogeneration 9.8% 2,217 10.6%
Combined cycle 24.9% 5,645 17.7%
Coal 1.5% 346 2.2%

The nation’s demand for electricity was estimated at 22,158 GWh, down 2.4% year-on-year.

Demand in mainland Spain came down by 1.7% to 20,825 GWh. On the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, demand dropped by 19.7% and 8% on the year, respectively.

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