Portugal has hit another renewable milestone. Portugal managed to keep its lights on for four consecutive days, powered only by renewables.
Last week, Portugal ran for more than half a week without having to resort to fossil fuels. Thanks to a big push toward solar, wind, and hydro power and a little nudge from the EU, for four days, Portugal produced enough clean, sustainable electricity to meet the needs of its people.
“This is a significant achievement for a European country, but what seems extraordinary today will be commonplace in Europe in just a few years,” explains James Watson, the CEO of SolarPower Europe, to The Guardian. “The energy transition process is gathering momentum and records such as this will continue to be set and broken across Europe.”
Totaling 107 straight hours, according to reports, Electricity consumption in the country was fully covered by solar, wind and hydro power in an extraordinary 107-hour run that lasted from 6.45am on Saturday 7 May until 5.45pm the following Wednesday, the analysis says. Last week the German government reported that the country produced so much renewable energy on a particularly sunny, windy Sunday that there was a power surplus.
Oliver Joy, a spokesman for the Wind Europe trade association said: “We are seeing trends like this spread across Europe – last year with Denmark and now in Portugal. The Iberian peninsula is a great resource for renewables and wind energy, not just for the region but for the whole of Europe.”