Concentrated Solar Power and Photovoltaic meet 5.1% of Spanish electricity demand in August

At 2.2% of demand, Spain’s CSP plants provide the largest contribution to demand by this technology anywhere in the world.

Photovoltaic produced 841 GWh during the month, with Concentrating Solar Power supplying another 466 GWh, compared to 21.5 TWh of demand.

Spain’s National Energy Commission (CNE) has released a report finding that the nation met 5.1% of its electricity demand in August 2012 with solar energy, with a 3.9% contribution from solar photovoltaics (PV) and 2.2% coming from concentrating solar power (CSP) technology.

Altogether, renewable energy technologies met nearly 30% of total demand, with wind power supplying 14%, and another 7% coming from hydropower of various scales.

The report also finds that a total of EUR 312 million (USD 409 million) in feed-in tariff payments and other subsidies were supplied for PV technology, with another EUR 126 million (USD 165 million) for CSP technology, for a total of EUR 438 million (USD 574 million) during the month.

This is roughly comparable to what Italy is spending on feed-in tariff payments for PV. PV and CSP tariffs accounted for slightly more than half of the EUR 761 million (USD 997 million) spent during the month on feed-in tariffs and other subsidies for all renewable energy technologies.