Renewables contribute 50.7% to Spanish electricity grid in May

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email

Solar PV power systems contributed to 11.4% of Spain’s power mix last month, setting a new record for monthly production, according to new data from grid operator Red Eléctrica de España.

The company said that just over half (50.7%) of the country’s power generation in May came from renewable energy resources. This, it said, was driven by wind power, which was responsible for close to a quarter (23.4%) of electricity production for the month.

Solar PV systems saw a significant jump in demand last month, the grid operator said, supplying 2,332GWh of electricity and rising by 42.4% compared to the same period last year. Solar PV generation peaked on 29 May, according to the operator’s monthly data report, producing 89GWh of power and contributing to 14.7% of the day’s total electricity mix.

Solar’s share of the electricity supply has risen significantly as new utility-scale assets have come online this year. Developers Enel Green Power, Ellomay Capital and Encavis all completed projects at the start of 2021, collectively bringing 600MW of PV capacity to Spain’s grid.

Overall electricity demand for may was also up 11.1% compared with last year, and 12.5% after factoring in how working patterns have changed compared with 2020. However, electricity demand is down 3% compared with May 2019, before COVID-19 travel restrictions significantly affected power use across the country.

Solar is set to become more instrumental in Spain’s power mix over the next decade after the government included a target of 39.2GW of installed PV capacity in the country’s national energy and climate plan (NECP). As well as being home to one of Europe’s most prolific power purchase agreement (PPA) markets, the country’s solar industry received a second boost after a new auction mechanism was launched that may bring 10GW of PV capacity online in the next four years.

Read Next

December 1, 2021
Tech major Amazon has added a further 2GW to its committed utility-scale solar PV capacity, adding projects in the US and Europe to its renewables portfolio.
November 29, 2021
Austrian utility Verbund is acquiring a 147.6MWp PV project in southern Spain from renewables developer BayWa r.e. as part of the company’s planned solar expansion.
November 23, 2021
Solar PV has been the big winner in the latest grid connection offers in Ireland via the country’s enduring connection policy (ECP) process, with a total of 1,533MW of solar capacity to be connected.
PV Tech Premium
November 10, 2021
With the supply of renewable power expected to increase dramatically in the next decade, what does this mean for the grid system? How will they respond to our changing demands to ensure a stable supply? PV Tech Premium spoke with several experts to find out.
October 25, 2021
Oil and gas company Galp has secured loans from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support the construction of more than 2.1GWp of solar projects across Spain and Portugal.
PV Tech Premium
October 22, 2021
Average winning solar bids in Spain’s renewables auction this week came in above those for wind as interest among PV bidders faltered against a backdrop of rising equipment costs and regulatory uncertainty.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
February 1, 2022
London, UK
Solar Media Events
February 23, 2022
London, UK
Solar Media Events
March 23, 2022
Austin, Texas, USA
Solar Media Events
March 29, 2022
Lisbon, Portugal

PV TECH POWER VOLUME 29 OUT NOW—Get 35% off your first year

Solar’s 2030 blueprint