Solar Power In Spain

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By Paul Homewood

h/t WUWT

Eric Worrall has done a good job of covering this story at WUWT, which you can read here.

Europe discovered a new reality this winter: energy rationing.

No matter which European country you are in, the inhabitants explain to you how they must save energy because of the energy crisis hitting the Continent.

Elon Musk seems to agree and even says that installing solar panels in a small area of Spain would be enough to solve the energy problems of the EU.

“The total area of solar panels it would take to power the world, Europe, and Germany. This map is from Nadine May’s thesis,” the Twitter user tweeted on Dec. 27.

“Such an obvious move!” Musk commented.

And then the CEO of Tesla added that: “Even solar plus batteries on a small section of Spain would solve EU energy needs.”

Just to add my twopenn’orth, here is the actual solar power generated in Spain yesterday:

Electricity Generation in Spain – Jan 2nd 2022

It averaged 1180MW, but was only really producing at a reasonably quantity between 11.00am and 4.00pm. Solar capacity in Spain is 18523MW, meaning that it was only running at 6% of capacity yesterday.

The idea that the whole of Europe could live off solar power from Spain is ridiculous.

All data is from ENTSOE: