Wind Turbines, Southern Spain (Photo: iStockphoto)[/caption]We’ve heard a lot about recently about the growing pains of renewable power in Europe. Economic woes and low coal prices have combined to whip up a steep headwind for many green energy projects there.
But it’s hardly all bad news for European backers of green energy. Consider this:
In the three months ending January 31st, wind power was the single largest source of electricity in Spain for the first time ever, according to the Spanish Wind Energy Association. In January alone, the association says, Spanish windfarms produced more than 6 terawatt-hours of electricity.
That’s more than a quarter of the country’s power, according to BusinessGreen. That outranks coal and nuclear power and, according to the association, it’s enough to cover the electricity consumption of the majority of Spanish households.
Note: The above text has been corrected to reflect the correct units for the quantity of electricity produced in January, 2013. It is more than 6 terawatt-hours, not 6 terrawatts.