Spain’s Canary Islands to launch 100 MW solar auction this year

The president of the government of Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, has confirmed at the conference of local wind energy association, AEOLICAN, that two specific auctions for large-scale wind and solar power projects, respectively, will take place this year.

Although the government press release does not provide details on how much capacity will be assigned, local press has revealed the auction for solar will allocate around 100 MW, while the auction for wind will award contracts for 300 MW of power.

Clavijo stressed that the development of renewables in the archipelago was halted 10 years ago, and that its 10-year energy plan, the Estrategia Energética de Canarias 2015-2025, aims to cover 45% of its energy demand with renewables by 2025.

In mid-June, Clavijo met with Spain’s State Secretary of Energy, Daniel Navia, to discuss details of the specific auctions for large-scale solar and wind. At the time, the archipelago’s Committee for Investments and Strategic Projects approved 16 solar projects planned for the island of Gran Canaria. The projects include 15 commercial PV installations totaling hundreds of kilowatts each, and a 1 MW solar park.

The Canary Islands currently has around 166 MW of installed PV capacity, according to Spanish grid operator, Red Electrica de Espana.