Spain adds 6.5 GW of green capacity in 2019 – TSO

Jan 24, 2020 | Montel

(Montel) Spain saw 6.5 GW in new power capacity from renewable sources come online last year, TSO Red Electrica said on Thursday.

The country added nearly 4 GW in solar capacity, 2.3 GW in wind and 162 MW in other renewable technologies, the TSO said in a statement.

Nearly 5.7 GW of the total came from projects awarded in the twin renewable tenders held in 2017, while an additional 767 MW were subsidy-free, it added.

2020 deadline
The 5.7 GW figure amounted to just 71% of the 8 GW in capacity tendered in 2017, yet experts previously said the country would see all awarded projects connected to the grid by the end of 2020.

After 2019 additions, Spain had 55.3 GW in renewables capacity from a total fleet of 110 GW, the TSO said.

National green generation reached 97.8 TWh last year, accounting for 37.5% of the power mix, it added.

Spain has revised up its solar capacity target by 2.3 GW to 39.2 GW by 2030 and expected to reach 96.8 GW in wind and solar capacity by that year, Montel reported earlier.

The country also planned to cut its emissions 23% below 1990 levels by the end of the decade, up from the previous government’s target of 21%.

Reporting by:
Pablo Bronte
16:22, Thursday, 23 January 2020