Portugal Shines as a Renewable Energy Leader

November 22, 2023

Mícheál Bannigan

In a remarkable display of commitment to sustainable energy, Portugal recently achieved a ground-breaking milestone by powering the entire country solely through renewable energy sources. The nation's strides in the renewable energy sector, particularly in solar power, have positioned Portugal as a leading example in the global transition towards a greener and more sustainable future. Earlier this month, Portugal made headlines around the world as it successfully powered the entire country using renewable energy for an entire weekend. This achievement marks a pivotal moment in the country's journey toward sustainability, setting an example for others to follow.

While Portugal's success encompasses various renewable energy sources, 6.6 GWh was generated from solar energy, according to the Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN), Portugal's grid operator. The country's investment in solar infrastructure and technology has propelled it to the forefront of the global solar energy landscape. Portugal's ability to generate electricity from solar sources even during periods of low sunlight demonstrates the reliability and efficiency of its solar power infrastructure. This achievement not only underscores Portugal's dedication to combating climate change but also highlights the feasibility of solar energy as a primary and reliable source of power.

In January this year, 88% of the country's energy needs were supplied by renewables, up from 52% the January prior. Portugal's remarkable achievement in powering the entire country with renewable energy, particularly through solar power, serves as an inspiring example for the rest of the world. It won’t stop here however, as Portugal aims to generate 80% of its of its annual electricity from renewable sources by 2026, and run the country entirely on renewables by 2040. This will be helped with the completion of Europe’s biggest solar farm and the fifth largest in the world. The 1,200MW solar project, which bears the poet Fernando Pessoa's name, is scheduled to begin operations in 2025.

As nations like Ireland strive to meet ambitious climate goals and transition to sustainable energy sources, Portugal's success stands as a testament to the viability and potential of solar power in leading the way toward a greener and more sustainable future.

For more information on Portugal's renewable energy initiatives and its dedication to solar power, visit Activ8 Energies for the latest updates and insights.

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