Wind power becomes Spain’s leading energy source for 2021

windfarm spainRenewable sources already cover almost half of the country’s consumption needs – so far this year, they have contributed almost 47% of the total compared to less than 30% a decade ag0

Even if the wind stops blowing in the next three weeks, wind power will end the year as the leading source of electricity in Spain. This will mean wind overtaking nuclear in the national energy matrix for the first time since 2013, the only year since records began in which wind turbines were the main source of power. That year was particularly good in terms of wind resources while nuclear was affected by the closure of the Garoña plant in Burgos. Since then, however, wind power has continued to grow as a percentage of total energy generated both in absolute and relative terms, a trend that looks to continue in the near future.

The milestone, advanced by Spanish news site Nius, is just a taste of things to come. “Wind power is going to dominate the Spanish electricity grid for a long time,” says Francisco Valverde, a consultant at the energy company Menta Energía. Continue reading “Wind power becomes Spain’s leading energy source for 2021”

Cyprus beefs up renewable energy capacity

Two new photovoltaic parks financed by RCB Bank have been successfully connected to the national grid, adding another 7.5MW to Cyprus’ renewable energy capacity.

The financing to park owners Galascope was provided partly through RCB Bank’s own funds and through relevant agreements between RCB and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
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Great Britain becomes Europe’s second highest producer of wind

Britain become the second highest producer of wind generation in Europe, surpassing Spain, according to data released by EnAppSys. The new data looked at levels of European wind generation in the first 23 weeks of 2020 (January through May) and found that Britain ranked second after Germany during the period.

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56 MW hybrid wind-solar plant powers up at Australian gold mine

Not only the biggest but also the first one to integrate wind generation on-site, the Agnew Gold Mine microgrid project is leading the way in decarbonizing Australian mining. In favorable weather conditions, the 56 MW project delivered by distributed energy producer EDL is able to cover up to 70% of the mine’s power requirements with renewable energy.

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Nestlé UK signs 15-year PPA agreement with Ørsted

Nestlé UK has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Danish renewable energy company Ørsted.

As per the terms of the PPA, Nestlé UK will purchase 31MW of green power from the 573MW Race Bank offshore wind farm, which is owned at 50% by Ørsted.

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Green Energy Job Count Approaches the 10 Million Mark

Solar and wind are outpacing coal and natural gas in terms of job creation, both in the United States and around the world.

In a report released Tuesday, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reported that employment in the renewable energy sector, including solar, wind, biofuels, hydropower and other carbon-free resources, rose to 9.8 million people in 2016, a 1.1 percent increase from the previous year.

Excluding large hydropower, the green power sector employed 8.3 million people in 2016, featuring a growth rate of 2.8 percent, according to IRENA’s annual jobs review. That’s the lowest growth rate the organization has tracked since 2012, and includes some job losses in hydropower and solar heating.

But solar PV and wind power together have more than doubled their employment since 2012, with solar growing to 3.1 million jobs and wind accounting for 1.2 million jobs last year.

“As the scales continue to tip in favor of renewables, we expect that the number of people working in the renewables sector could reach 24 million by 2030, more than offsetting fossil-fuel job losses and becoming a major economic driver around the world,” Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA’s director-general, said in a statement.


IRENA, an intergovernmental agency that analyzes and funds green energy projects around the world, ascribed the slower growth last year to “lower investments, rising automation and policy changes, resulting in job losses in some major markets, including Brazil, Japan, Germany and France.”

At the same time, ever-falling costs for solar and wind energy, along with pro-renewable policies, continued to spur deployment of renewables at a record pace in some countries.

China, the world’s biggest solar and wind manufacturer, remained the biggest jobs creator by far, with 3.64 million employed across the industries covered in the report. The continent of Asia accounted for 62 percent of the world’s green energy workforce. A thriving biofuel industry put Brazil in second place with 876,000 workers, and the United States’ appetite for solar and wind power powered put it in third place, with 777,000.  Solar PV was by far the leader in job creation — but not equally across the world.

Driven by a surge of installations in markets such as China, Japan and the United States, employment increased by 12 percent to approach 3.1 million jobs in 2016. China, the world’s biggest maker of solar panels, accounted for more than half of these jobs. Japan and the European Union, in marked contrast, saw solar jobs decline by 20 percent and 22 percent, respectively.

While the report didn’t deliver specific comparative figures for fossil-fuel industry employment over the same time, it did note that the “trend remains positive in contrast to traditional energy industries, which have been facing employment cuts in several markets.” Specifically, the coal industry has been shedding jobs in China, India, Germany and the United States, while oil and gas industries shed at least 440,000 jobs in layoffs through 2015 and 2016.

Renewable energy projects also tend to create more jobs per unit of energy generated than their fossil fuel equivalents, the report noted. “Solar PV, for instance, creates more than twice the number of jobs per unit of electricity generation compared with coal or natural gas,” largely due to the labor-intensive process of manufacturing and installing gigawatts’ worth of solar panels every year.

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