Renewable power generation up 3.4% in 2016 (Correct)

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By Stelios Orphanides

Power production from renewable energy sources rose 3.4 per cent last year to 357,284.5 megawatt hours (MWh) compared to 2015 mainly on increased output generated by private photovoltaic systems, the energy regulator said.

Wind farms generated almost two thirds of electricity from renewable energy sources last year, increasing 2.2 per cent to 226,271.9 MWh, the Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority said in a statement on its website. The output of private-owned photovoltaic systems rose 8.8 per cent to 93,330.5 MWh.

On the other hand, the output of biomass power generators and photovoltaic units installed on public building, schools and at army barracks dropped 2.1 per cent and 1.7 per cent in 2016 to 36,606,5 MWh and 1,075.5 MWh respectively, the regulator said.

The installed capacity of renewable energy sources remained unchanged in all categories except private owned photovoltaic systems, which rose by 3.3 megawatts (MW) to 53MW by December, the regulator said. The installed capacity of windfarms, biomass power generators and public photovoltaic systems was 157.5 MW, 9.7 MW and 7 MW.

The regulator published no data on the share of renewable energy generator on overall power generation. According to the Transmission System Operator, the share of renewables in overall power generation in 2015 was 8.5 per cent.

Cyprus’s national action plan provides for a 16 per cent share of renewable energy sources in power generation by 2020.

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Stelios Orphanides is a journalist at CyprusBusinessMail.com. To contact Stelios Orphanides: stelios@cyprus-mail.com

  • Barry White

    Pretty poor show for the “Sunny Isle” due to the passive resistance of the combo of the Regulatory Authority and the EAC to stiffle competition and protect the union and management job and perks nest.

  • Bunny

    I’m waiting for the solar thermal power stations which are more efficient than PV and can supply electricity 24/7. One experimental small system was proposed by the Uni of Cy but two larger ones have been mooted (50 MW each??)

    • peemdubya

      But PV is more efficient than windfarms, in the Cyprus environment, so why not install solar-panel farms around the windmills so power can be generated most probably most of the time, either by wind or daylight? The transmission system infrastructure is already in place, just needs a technical jiggle to accept the potential of 2 inputs at the same time (windy, sunny days).

      • Barry White

        EAC has long stiffled PV projects as it threatens union and management jobs to say nothing of the golden pensions. No other reason.

  • Philippos

    and yet still it is such a balls aching process, nor cheap, for individuals in Cyprus to deal with all the bureaucracy that attends what is after all quite a simple installation