The Spanish island of Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, met 9% of its power needs with renewables in 2019, as the combined production from various sources increased by 150% since 2010.

The remaining needs were covered by fossil fuels which drive the power sector, land and air transport and shipping.

According to the local government’s latest energy report, 39% of the fossil-fuel supply on the island serves to generate electricity. Consequently, the power sector is the biggest polluter, responsible for 42% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions on Lanzarote.

The report states that CO2 emissions rose by 10% between 2010 and 2018, but the source of higher levels of pollution was air traffic and tourism influx. Emissions from the power generation sector, while still high, declined by 2% in 2010-2018 as electricity production from renewables grew.

Renewables account for 13% of the total installed capacity on Lanzarote. The island has three wind farms totalling 22.3 MW, 9.024 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity and a biomethane facility of 2.1 MW.

In addition, the island has 14,572 square metres of thermal solar panels, a surface that increased by 63% over the past decade.

By the end of 2020, Lanzarote will get another wind farm, the 9.2-MW Arrecife, which will raise the share of renewables in the total installed capacity to 16%.

Source: Renewables Now