Photovoltaics, Unstoppable: Exceeds 20,000 Connected Megawatts And Reaches A Generation Peak Of More Than 14 GW In Spain

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Date: April 5

In just over four years, the photovoltaic solar company has installed 15,240 MW to the electricity grid in Spain

Spain must be in love with the sun, and vice versa. Their historical relationship goes beyond positioning itself as one of the paradises of European and world tourism. And the fault of this is solar energy, specifically photovoltaic.

According to data from Red Eléctrica, photovoltaic solar exceeds 20,000 MW connected to the grid, specifically 20,018 MW.

And it is that growth is unstoppable in recent years. On January 1, 2019, the sector had only 4,778 MW connected and just over four years later, 15,240 MW have been connected, that is, almost 4,000 per year.

Only in 2022 the growth was 4,500 MW and it is expected that in 2023 the record for installation and connection to the grid of last year will be exceeded again.

And all this without adding distributed generation. In self-consumption on the roofs of homes and companies, Spain already exceeds 5,000 MW installed and if the capacity of the solar thermal power is added, the Spanish electrical system would have almost 28,000 MW.

This data would place Spain as the second country with the most solar energy, only behind Germany, although very far from the almost 70 GW that the Germans have installed.

Production Record

In addition, photovoltaics is in continuous luck because it does not stop breaking records. Just a few days ago we told you that the record for instantaneous photovoltaic generation was broken with more than 13 GW.

Well, only a few days have passed and 14,000 MW have already been exceeded, moments in which it could cover between 40-50% of the demand calmly, depending on the day.

So photovoltaics cannot be more fashionable in Spain. And that more than 25,000 MW already have the approved environmental impact statement and must be connected to the grid before June 2025.

The problem is that this also leads to problems, especially when it comes to integrating renewables, or making room for the grid, or increasing demand and electrifying consumption, or wild storage, and for the moment nothing is expected from it. We will see in the future.

Source: El periódico de la energía

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