More than half of Portugal’s electricity in April came from wind farms and solar power plants, the Ember organization announced. Reaching a 51% share of generation, wind and solar broke the previous national record of 49%, set in December 2021.
About 36% of the produced electricity was provided by wind capacities, and 15% by solar power plants. They thus covered the consumption of a record 360 GWh, which is more than the previous 300 GWh from July and August last year. In 2022, the country expanded its photovoltaic capacity by 0.9 GW, or 50%, to 2.5 GW.
– Portugal is entering a new era of energy transition – noted analyst Met Even. – Wind energy and interconnection enabled Portugal to abandon coal in 2021. Solar is now pushing gas from the grid”
Gas fell to 23% in the month after us. This is significantly less compared to its 37% share of Portugal’s electricity production last year.
The increase in solar energy, the import of electricity from Spain and lower consumption protected the country from the negative effects of low production in hydroelectric power plants, which delivered 15% of electricity, over 10% less than in the same month in 2022. Thus, the total share of all fossil fuels in production amounted to less than quarters, slightly more than in March.
Hydro capacities were hit by the droughts that are ravaging neighboring Spain as well as France.
Bioenergy accounted for almost 11% of production, which means that all renewable sources in Portugal produced a total of 76% of electricity, that is, over three quarters.
But the energy transition is also gaining momentum in the rest of Europe, where wind and solar have also been breaking records since the beginning of the year: from Belgium to Finland and Estonia to Italy.
On Tuesday last week (May 16) in Spain, these two sources produced more electricity than the residents consumed for seven hours, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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