Tuesday, May 17

Self-consumption picks up speed with 1,000 megawatts installed in 2021

The total accumulated amounts to 2,500 megawatts, still far from the goal of 9,000 megawatts in 2030

The self-consumption It is growing again at the rate prior to the pandemic. After a 2020 in which the coronavirus slowed down the growth of the sector (it grew by 30% compared to 2019), 2021 has returned to recover the rhythm prior to the spread of the virus to double the installed power. According to the calculations of the Association of Renewable Energy Companies (APPA), last year they were installed in Spain 1,151 megawatts of self-consumption, double that of the previous year (623 megawatts).

These are unofficial figures prepared by APPA according to the information provided by the companies and in the absence of an official registry. For this reason, the numbers are different, although very similar, to those of another employer, the Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF), which last year counted 596 megawatts of photovoltaic power for self-consumption installed. This year UNEF has not yet revealed its data, but the APPA calculations also coincide with the estimates of 1,000 installed megawatts made by the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE).

All in all, what is clear is that self-consumption has picked up pace since 2018, when the drop in solar panel prices and, above all, the legislative change that put an end to the so-called ‘sun tax’ accelerated the installation of solar boards in homes and businesses. So much so that the installed annual capacity has multiplied by ten in the last four years, placing the accumulated total in the vicinity of 2,500 megawatts of power. But it is still far from the objective of the Executive of reach 9,000 megawatts in 2030, that could even be expanded to 14,000 megawatts in the most optimistic scenario, according to the Self-consumption Roadmap designed by the Government.

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From APPA they are optimistic and estimate that “in a conservative scenario the 11,000 megawatts” of installed power would be easily exceeded. Among other things, thanks to the impulse of the help lines for self-consumption that can be requested through autonomous communities, within the distribution of money from European funds, and given the exorbitant prices of electricity in recent months that lead some consumers to seek alternatives for their consumption. In particular, from the sector it is expected that the Industrial facilities that have begun their processing and requested the aid in 2021 are executed during this year, so that the installed power increases “strongly” in 2022.

However, the renewables association also recalls some of the historical claims of the sector such as standardizing tax regulations, simplifying administrative procedures, enforcing deadlines or expanding the current limitation of 500 meters between generator and consumer in shared self-consumption. “The existing aid for self-consumption and storage or the proposal of the European Commission to have a reduced VAT for these installations they predict an even greater growth in Spain”, exposes APPA in its statement.