May 14 (Renewables Now) - Renewables generated 47.3% of Spain’s electricity in April, the first full month that Spaniards spent confined to their homes to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19.
According to Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE), renewables successfully “resisted the pandemic” and increased production by 3% on the year in April. Despite overall lower generation output at the national level, production from renewables rose by 10.3% year-on-year during the first four months of the year, REE has said.
Also in April, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the power production were at the lowest level since the records began. As power generation declined by 11.8% in annual terms, emissions associated with it came at 2.154 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, almost half of what was released a decade ago, REE pointed out.
The real spike in the renewable power production occurred on April 30. With 474 GWh of generated electricity, renewables on that day made up 69% of the Spanish power mix -- the highest share ever since REE started keeping records.
On April 30, the top producers of electricity, renewable or otherwise, were wind farms, generating 46.6% of the nation’s total. Hydropower plants came second with a 13.2% share in the overall mix, while solar photovoltaic (PV) parks accounted for 6.2% of the total production.
With nuclear power plants, which with a 13.1% share were behind hydro as the third biggest producers, Spain had 82.9% of electricity generated by emission-free technologies in a single day.