Solar power in Portugal

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Solar power is a growing source in the Portuguese energy mix. At the end of 2018, solar power had a total installed capacity of 828 MW.[1] It represented 2.2% of total power generation in 2019.[2]

Photovoltaic Plants[edit]

The Serpa solar power plant is an 11 megawatt plant covered 150 acres (0.61 km2) and employs 52,000 PV panels. The panels are raised 2 meters off the ground thus allowing grazing to continue. The plant provides enough energy for 8,000 homes and saves an estimated 30,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.[3]

In February 2014, a solar plant was inaugurated in Coruche and it will generate 170 MWh per year. The owner, Society for Agroindustrial Development, expressed disappointment in the Portuguese laws which limit the production capacity for microgeneration and said that they only installed 1/10 of what they wanted. The plant will save 68 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.[4]

In 2019, a competitive auction for a new PV plant saw a worldwide record low bid of 14.76 per MWh, well below other generating technologies.[5] The auction awarded 1.150 MW of solar capacity to various companies, significantly more than the total installed capacity at the time. [6]

Solar power interest is growing exponentially in Portugal. João Galamba, the State Secretary for Energy, announced that more solar auctions would take place, including one in the second quarter of 2020 as well as that there were over 80,000 MW (80 GW) in projects awaiting analysis and approval.[7]

Total installed photovoltaics[edit]

History of Portuguese Cumulative PV Capacity
in megawatts; source: EPIA and IEA-PVPS[8][9][10]
100
200
300
400
2006
2008
2010
2012
2014
History of Portuguese Annual PV Installations
in megawatts; source: EPIA and IEA-PVPS[8][9][10]
25
50
75
100
125
150
2006
2008
2010
2012
2014
Total Capacity Installed and Generation
Year Total Capacity
in MWp
Generation
in GWhp
Load Factor
in per cent
2005 3.0 n.a. n.a.
2006 3.4 n.a. n.a.
2007 17.9 n.a. n.a.
2008 68.0 n.a. n.a.
2009 102.2 160 17.8
2010 130.8 213 18.5
2011 143.6 277 22.0
2012 228.8 360 17.9
2013 277.9 437 17.9
2014 419.0 631 17.1
Source: Photovoltaic Barometer, March 2015,[11] previous[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Evolution of the Installed Capacity of the Different Sources of Electricity Generation in Portugal between 2000 and 2019". APREN. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  2. ^ "Electricity Generation by Energy Sources in Mainland Portugal (january to december 2019)". APREN. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  3. ^ Portugal starts huge solar plant
  4. ^ http://www.renovaveismagazine.pt/?p=5934
  5. ^ Deign, Jason (9 August 2019). "Key to Those Record-Low Solar Bids? Rosy Merchant Income Assumptions". Greentech Media. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  6. ^ "LEILÕES DE ENERGIA SOLAR". LEILÕES DE ENERGIA SOLAR. August 7, 2019. Retrieved 2020-02-23.
  7. ^ "Corrida ao sol: novos projetos para centrais solares quadruplicam a capacidade de produção atual". Expresso. 2020-02-17. Retrieved 2020-02-23.
  8. ^ a b "Global Market Outlook for Photovoltaics 2014-2018" (PDF). epia.org. EPIA - European Photovoltaic Industry Association. p. 34. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 June 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  9. ^ a b collected historical data from article growth of photovoltaics
  10. ^ a b "Snapshot of Global PV 1992-2014" (PDF). iea-pvps.org/index.php?id=32. International Energy Agency — Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme. 30 March 2015. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015.
  11. ^ EUROBSER'VER (April 2015). "Photovoltaic Barometer - installations 2013 and 2014" (PDF). energies-renouvelables.org.
  12. ^ http://www.energies-renouvelables.org/observ-er/stat_baro/observ/baro-jdp9.pdf

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