Tenerife plans 350 MW of solar alongside 1 GWh storage

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From pv magazine Spain.

Spain’s Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy (IDAE) and the Tenerife Island Council have signed an action protocol for the stronger integration of renewable energy into the island’s electric system.

The purpose of the protocol is to establish a framework for collaboration between IDAE and Tenerife’s Technological and Renewable Energy Institute (ITER), through which the island council is a signatory to the agreement. The partners want to define and develop a large scale model for the integration of renewables into the power network through the adoption of management and storage systems as well as electric mobility. The ultimate ambition is for all of Tenerife’s electricity to be generated from renewable sources.

One eyecatching project is a feasibility study for the deployment of 350 MW of solar on the island, which would be combined with 1 GWh of storage capacity to guarantee security of supply.

The storage system would enable the management of solar power generation, adapting it to the demand curve of the island with an high level of efficiency and reliability and a low response time. The order of magnitude of the project would make it one of the most important renewable generation schemes in Spain to date.

The Spanish solar industry is currently digesting the results of yesterday’s snap general election, which saw the Socialist Workers’ (PSOE) party win but without a parliamentary majority. The PSOE, who are promoting one of the world’s most ambitious national climate change policy packages, will attempt to form a ruling coalition.