July was a banner month in Spain in terms of renewable energy production with 34 percent of the country’s energy needs being met by wind and solar energy. Wind was the prominent low-carbon energy source in the Iberian Peninsula, providing 30 percent of the country’s energy needs, while solar power supplied about 4 percent. July’s renewable energy output is particularly noteworthy considering that the total combined energy provided by wind and solar in the entire first six months of 2014 only reached approximately 25.3 percent.
In 2013, Spain’s renewable energy technologies generated 49 percent of the country’s energy demands. Out of the three major providers of renewable energies (wind, solar PV and solar thermal), the wind energy sector has been steadily growing in production rate, providing much more energy than its low-carbon energy counterparts. In fact, wind energy was the highest provider among all country’s energy producing technologies in 2013, providing 21.1 percent of all electricity consumed.
The increase in Spain’s 2013 renewable energy production resulted in a significant decrease in energy produced by coal, natural gas-based power plants and nuclear power. As a result, the country saw a reduction of 23 percent in greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector. We think that’s cause for some serious celebrating.