Wind farms in Portugal break ‘peak generation’ record

Wind power in Portugal hit a peak of 4.454 MW on November 21, “surpassing once again the national record, according to power utility REN (Redes Energéticas Nacionais)”, reports See News Renewables.

The volume “exceeded by 5 MW the previous wind generation record”, broken last May.

REN said earlier this week that the power produced during the three hours with the strongest wind “would have been enough to meet 100% of demand in the country”.

REN’s data shows that wind power output for November 21 “stood at 53.8 GWh”.

Portugal’s wind power generation currently represents “around 25% of national consumption”, with renewable sources in general supplying 61% of demand during the first nine months of 2016.

This was “mostly due to above average production at hydropower plants and wind farms”, said REN.

SeeNews Renewables explains however that the “share of solar power in the national mix is still negligible”, even though “that is changing”.

Last week, China National Building Material Group Corp (HKG:3323) said it has won a contract to build the 221-MW Solara 4 Vaqueiros photovoltaic (PV) park near Alcoutim in the Algarve, and “there are several other approved projects” in the pipeline, says the website.

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