Shock for Spain’s solar industry, pv magazine told


Consequently, things could turn out to be even worse than already feared for Spain's PV market: with a retroactive quantity cap for the production from existing PV installations, the Zapatero government wants to balance its deficit on the market for electricity. This was confirmed after a meeting on Wednesday between the country’s industry minister Miguel Sebastián and branch associations.

As Javier Breva – negotiator for the Association of Renewable Energies (Appa) – informed pv magazine, only 1,250 kilowatt-hours per kilowatt of installed output are to be remunerated each year in the future; and 1,644 kilowatt-hours in the case of tracking systems – regardless of whether they are uni- or biaxial. In addition, the current market price of 3.7 cent per kilowatt-hour is to be paid.? This regulation also applies to older plants under the existing laws RD 661/2007 and RD 1578/2008.

Things will be particularly critical for new outdoor plants because they will receive 65 percent less in the future, so that the subsidy in this segment will decline to 9.08 cent per kilowatt-hour. In the case of rooftop installations starting from 20 kilowatts the cut amounts to a total of 25 percent, while small plants of up to 20 kilowatts come away relatively unscathed with a cut of five percent.

Thus relations between the ministry for industry and the branch associations have probably been undermined once and for all. “These negotiations were simply a farce,” is how Breva criticized the result and announced that action would be brought before the European Court of Justice. No further meetings between the Ministry and the associations are planned; the final version of the law is supposed to be on the table in one week.

Popular content

This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. If you want to cooperate with us and would like to reuse some of our content, please contact:


Related content

Elsewhere on pv magazine...

Leave a Reply

Please be mindful of our community standards.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By submitting this form you agree to pv magazine using your data for the purposes of publishing your comment.

Your personal data will only be disclosed or otherwise transmitted to third parties for the purposes of spam filtering or if this is necessary for technical maintenance of the website. Any other transfer to third parties will not take place unless this is justified on the basis of applicable data protection regulations or if pv magazine is legally obliged to do so.

You may revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future, in which case your personal data will be deleted immediately. Otherwise, your data will be deleted if pv magazine has processed your request or the purpose of data storage is fulfilled.

Further information on data privacy can be found in our Data Protection Policy.