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Energy PV in Spain

17 July 2017

The situation of Photovoltaic Energy in our country. 

Energy PV in Spain

In the following article we try to examine, through some data, the situation of Photovoltaic Energy in our country. Despite the lack of support in recent years by Spanish energy policy, contrary to photovoltaic solar energy remains a firm candidate to achieve the objectives pursued in a future that is already here.

In the next graph you can see the historical evolution of the Spanish FTV in the last decade.

  Potencia FTV instalada en España (MW) Demanda energética de FTV en España
2007 635 484
2008 3352 2498
2009 3397 6070
2010 3643 6140
2011 4249 7114
2012 4538 8171
2013 4665 8324
2014 4672 8199
2015 4667 8264

The production of photovoltaic energy remained constant in Spain during the last two years considered in the graph.
In 2015 the net FTV power installed in Spain was 4,667 MW.

FTV energy demand remained constant in Spain during the last two years considered in the graph. This demand is collected in terms of GWh.

The contribution of FTV in the year 2015 to the coverage of total energy demand (268,057 GWh net) was generated in Spain, was 3, 082%, while in 2007 (with a generation of 286,948 GWh), it was 0.168%.

 The Environmental Sustainability Report for Electric Sector Planning foresees that FTV will provide 9,840 GWh in 2020, with an increase or addition since 2013 of 1,926 GWh.

Potencia FTV instalada por Comunidades Autónomas 2015

  • Andalucía: 870
  • Aragón: 167
  • Asturias: 1
  • Baleares:78
  • Canarias: 166
  • Cantabria: 2
  • Castilla - Mancha: 923
  • Castilla - León: 494
  • Cataluña: 265
  • Ceuta - Melilla: 0
  • Com. Valenciana: 349
  • Extremadura: 561
  • Galicia: 16
  • Rioja: 86
  • Madrid: 67
  • Navarra: 161
  • P. Vasco: 26

The data in the graph refers to the FTV power installed AVAILABLE to that year (what is usually called accumulated) and not to the power installed during that year. The difference between one concept and another can be seen in the following graph:

The annual photovoltaic power installed in Spain (and not recorded in the previous graph) during the year 2014 was 22 MW and during 2015 of 49 MW.

The Energy Newspaper of 01/01/2017 presents an article signed by Laura Ojea with the following headline: "Photovoltaics in Spain is still paralyzed in 2016". And he adds:

"While in the rest of the world the photovoltaic market is experiencing a real revolution, Spain has been stagnating for four years. Since the moratorium was approved in 2012, a photovoltaic plant in Spain has hardly been installed. If in 2013 only 31 MW were installed, in 2014 it went down to 22 MW and in 2015 increased slightly to 49 MW in 2016, according to data from the 2016 REE Spanish Electrical System, 'photovoltaic solar has registered a slight increase Of 0,3% ', that is, only 5 MW. "(...)

"Photovoltaic in fact does not go so badly, according to the report of REE, as' the park generating electricity in Spain in 2016 recorded a decrease of 0.9% with respect to the previous year, motivated by the closure of several plants Of coal that together total 932.2 MW 'and all the technologies have not undergone any variation, with the exception of photovoltaic solar, which is the only one that has registered a slight increase, of 0.3%. "

He ends the work of the Energy Newspaper warning about the possible loss of the position of the Spanish FTV in the international ranking: "If you can not get out of its stalemate, Spain risks falling from the top 10 countries in installed capacity. For now stand at number eight ahead of India and Australia. "

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