Spain reaches 8.7 GW of cumulative solar
- Jan 28, 2020 6:53 am GMT
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Of this total, 5.7 GW comes from wind and solar power projects selected in the two renewable energy auctions held by the Spanish in 2017, for which connection deadline was the end of December. The remaining 767 MW is for projects that have been developed outside of the auction scheme.
The resurgence of large-scale PV
According to the REE, new PV additions for last year totaled 3.975 GW. This compares to 261.7 MW in 2018, 135 MW in 2017, and only 55 MW and 49 MW in 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Most of this new capacity is being provided by projects selected in the second of the two above-mentioned auctions, in which solar was the only winner with around 3.9 GW of allocated capacity.
Unlike the previous 3 GW auction, which was held in
Historical highs in 2019
Lumped together, renewables were able to produce 97,826 GWh of power last year, which brought their share in the electricity mix up to 37.5%. Wind generation saw a share increase from 9.3% to 20.8% last year, while nuclear power and combined cycle gas reached a share of 21.4% and 21.2%, respectively.
PV saw its power production increase by 18.8% last year. On