Brussels accelerates self-consumption but leaves out the bulk of photovoltaic


The temporary emergency regulation designed by the European Commission to tackle the blockage in the implementation of renewable energies has been greeted with skepticism in the Spanish photovoltaic sector. He considers that the technical limitations of the text favor self-consumption projects and solar panels on roofs at the expense of large projects on rustic and natural land, which must follow their usual procedures.

The Commission’s proposal, which will be valid for one year, goes through declare all projects for new renewable energy plants to be of superior public interest. The purpose of this procedure is to simplify the processing of the necessary authorizations for the processes of installation, connection to the network and storage, which must be carried out within a maximum period of one month, provided that they are not on natural land.

During the last months, both the sector associations and the main energy companies have exerted considerable pressure on the European institutions so that they legislate in order to tackle the renewable bottleneck that affects most countries due to bureaucratic obstacles. The impact has been significantly greater in Spain due to the greater availability of sunlight and the rapid deployment of renewables throughout the country.

The employers of the sector believe that its impact will be limited

For Jose DonosoCEO of UNEF -main association of the photovoltaic solar sector in Spain-, the European Commission should have gone “a little further” in its emergency plan to end the blockage of renewables that keeps large installations in suspense up to a total of 60 gigawatts (GW) that could be connected to the Spanish electricity grid.

Although UNEF values ​​the strategy very positively because “it facilitates the establishment of priority areas” for the development of projects, it considers that the impact of the measures will be “limited”, since it will allow the installation of a limited number of plants that “do not response to the objectives of the National Energy Plan”.

The problem lies, in his opinion, in seeing How the new regulation is transferred to Spanish legislationsince “it is not enough to say that the administrative process is accelerated”. Regrets the rigidities of the administration, reflected mainly in the lack of personnel, to overcome this barrier. “We have experiences that the deadlines set by law, which are six months, are almost never met. Positive administrative silence is not used either, files are usually paralyzed,” he confesses.

Large photovoltaic solar projects will continue to be stuck due to lack of personnel and not being included in the new regulation

Donoso considers that the biggest bottleneck will continue to occur in large projects, many of them still unemployed and pending evaluation, which will ensure that the plans of large companies do not change. “The text should have favored the implantation of plants of less than 50 KW and with response times of 15 days, but it is equally positive”, he declares to La Información. However, he believes that all administrations “should be aware that we are in a war economy”, and advocates creating “regulatory ecosystems that allow distributed generation to be accelerated”.

The Brussels plan aims to eliminate the bureaucratic bottlenecks that are limiting deployment, as the sector has been denouncing. In its proposal, the European Commission points out the role of solar energy as a source of electricity generation and heating of low cost and fast implementationsomething that makes it possible to combat the current volatility of electricity prices.


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