Spain Increases Zero Carbon Sources on its Grid
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- Dec 29, 2020 1:25 pm GMTDec 29, 2020 1:57 pm GMT
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As the year 2020 nears a close we can begin to see how various grids around the world changed in the last year. Early indications are that Spain made strong moves toward a cleaner grid.
A recent release from Red Electric de Espana shows the details.
Renewables reached 43.6% of the fuel share in 2020 once nuclear is included the zero carbon total was 66.9%. Wind and nuclear both increased their shares by almost 1% last year while solar jump almost 3%.
These increases along with lower demand meant that there were big drops in both coal and NG generation in 2020 and CO2 emissions were down 27.3%. Great year.
Looking forward it looks like remaining coal will be phased out of Spain by 2025.
Meanwhile solar is enjoying a boom with a recent doubling of its capacity.
In 2019, annual solar PV additions of 3.97 GW AC made the country the solar champion of Europe, taking its total installed PV capacity to 8.91 GW. With the H1/2020 data in, the country’s cumulative installed solar PV capacity till the end of June 2020 reached 9.693 GW.
With wind also doing well we can expect renewables to pass 50% by 2025 and ZC sources to pass 75% by 2025