ANPIER urges Spanish authorities to curb building of mega-solar projects

Mar 2, 2021 06:42 PM ET
  • Spain needs to restrict the size of brand-new solar parks to motivate the deployment of smaller sized projects located better to consumers, the country's National Association of Photovoltaic Power Producers (ANPIER) has actually claimed.

This would reduce the amount of electricity lost in transmission as well as allow communities throughout the nation to take advantage of new project building and construction, according to the trade body.

Some 99 solar projects larger than 10MW were registered in Spain between 2016 and 2020, six of which have a capability above 100MW. The nation is residence to Europe's biggest PV plant, a 500MW setup from Iberdrola, and presently has three projects with an ability of 300MW or greater under growth.

The trade organization said "too much speculation by large mutual fund is capitalizing on the weaknesses of our managements and the lack of resident details to apply nearly boundless surface areas of solar panels", including that these mega-projects are "currently saturating networks".

ANPIER head of state Miguel Ángel Martínez-Aroca claimed that large market gamers can take advantage of economic situations of range to establish the projects, leading to "financial returns leaving our country".

Instead of backing such setups, ANPIER is getting in touch with authorities to rather sustain the implementation of smaller sized solar projects with a capacity of in between 1MW as well as 10MW, an approach it said would certainly not enhance the expense of electricity circulation.

The profession body stated other European nations have efficiently deployed little and medium-sized PV plants that it asserts are better incorporated right into rural areas and possessed by local campaigns.

With Spain's brand-new auction system anticipating a minimum of 10GW of PV to be awarded by 2025, the initial auction saw PV prospective buyers get greater than 2GW of ability, separated into 66 lots, with an ordinary whole lot ability of 30MW.

While UNEF stated the outcomes highlight the competition of Spain's solar market, the trade association required upcoming auctions to have 20% of ability scheduled particularly for PV projects smaller sized than 10MW.

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