Spain's sole transmission agent and electricity system operator Red Eléctrica said renewable energy provided 49.1 percent of Spain's total power capacity in 2013, Energy Matters reported. Renewable energy sources met 42.4 percent of electricity demand this year.
According to Red Eléctrica's Spanish Electricity System Preliminary Report, wind power accounted for the majority of the country's renewable power this year increasing by 3 percent to reach 21.1 percent in 2013 - higher than nuclear power generation. The report said 173 megawatts of wind power capacity was installed in Spain this year and 440 MW of solar energy, the majority of which comes from solar thermoelectric.
Red Eléctrica has also recently invested more than $19 million in 60 research and development projects during 2013, an 80 percent increase year-over-year.
"During 2013, various actions were carried out aimed at the development of an integrated transmission grid at a European level, the incorporation of new technologies into the grid, sustainable development and the promotion of new resources for system operation, such as the electric vehicle and energy storage, in order to achieve the company's strategic goals in a more efficient manner," according to a release from the system operator.