The government of Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory located in southern Spain, has amended the Gibraltar Electricity Authority Act, in order to introduce a net metering scheme for solar and renewable energies.
The government of the 6.7 km2 territory said that, for the first time, individual customers of local power utility, GEA will be entitled to inject surplus power from their renewable energy generators into the network, and receive a credit in their energy bills in return.
The change in the law, the government stated, follows the approval earlier this week by the Board of the Gibraltar Electricity Authority, and is aimed at encouraging renewable energy micro-generation in the home.
“Together with the new gas-fired power station next year, and a number of other initiatives planned, we are totally changing the nature of power generation in Gibraltar towards a cleaner, healthier future, and now with the potential participations of many individual citizens. How far we have come in six short years,” the Minister responsible for the Environment and Energy, John Cortes said.
Currently, Gibraltar has three operational power stations: the 40 MW thermal power plant Waterport Power Station, which is operated by the Gibraltar Electricity Authority on behalf of the Government of Gibralta; a 58.9 MW thermal power station operated by Ormrod Electricity Supply Company, which is a private contractor to the Government of Gibraltar; and another thermal power station with a capacity of 48 MW- the GMES station – which is operated by the Ministry of Defense.
Gibraltar is committed to producing at least 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.