Very recently we reported on the incredible milestone Costa Rica reached when they managed to supply the populations electricity needs for three months with only renewable hydroelectricity. Well, not long after Spain were able to supply a massive 47% of their electricity in March through renewable energy. Whats more, in total 69% of their electricity was produced by methods which produce zero carbon emission with nuclear making up for the other 22%.
Spain’s biggest renewable source of electricity has always been wind-powered technology; which according to the Red Electrica de Espana (REE) wind technology has been able to provide 23.7% of the country’s electricity from the start of the year. Also at the forefront of Spain’s campaign against fossil fuels is nuclear technology which accounted for 22.7% of total electricity production, almost matching wind technology.
Spain have been one of the leading players in bringing renewable energy technology into a prominent energy supplying role. The famous peninsula was the very first country to declare wind as their biggest source of energy for a year. In fact, the Spanish government have put in place nationwide goals to supply 40% of total electricity capacity with wind technology.
Whilst Solar PV technology has very much played a backseat role up until now in the production of energy, the growing capacity (now sitting at around 2-3% of total generation) means Solar technology looks to come into its own and play a much bigger part in the future of Spain’s renewable energy projects.
As we’ve stated before we truly do hope that Britain and indeed the rest of the world can follow in the footsteps of Costa Rica and Spain and do away with fossil fuel by transitioning to renewable energy in a piece meal like fashion. With Japan, China and America leading the the total generation capacity for renewable installs at the moment, Spain and Costa Rica have proven you don’t need to be an economic powerhouse in order to do away with fossil fuels for the most part.
And the best part about technologies such as solar being used in the U.K. is not only the obvious benefit of lower energy bills/carbon footprint but the financial incentives in place (feed in tariff) by the U.K. government.