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15 November 2018

Under the title "PHOTOVOLTAIC, TOWARDS THE ENERGY TRANSITIONLEADERSHIP ", was held in Madrid on November 6 and 7 the V Solar Forum set up by the Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF), with 13 round tables, more than 50 speakers and more than 600 attendees.

One day before, 5/11/2018, Renewable-Energy echoed the celebration of the event:

"Madrid, November 6 and 7, 2018. Two days full of round tables and expert voices. Round tables with notable titles: What are the proposals of the political forces for the energy transition? (Members of the Chamber: Guillermo Mariscal, PP, Pilar Lucio, PSOE, Melisa Rodríguez, Citizens, and Josep Vendrell, Podemos); How can the expansion of the self-consumption market be accelerated? What will be the role of digitalization in the photovoltaic sector ?; What is the strategy of the companies that carry out large projects in the new scenario of growth of the sector? How should the electricity market be reformed so that it adapts to the characteristics of photovoltaic energy? Is there going to be financing for all the photovoltaic projects that are being promoted? ... All that was talked about, as well the Forum it was discussed the storage, PPAs and the future access and connection regulations (already announced by Ribera) and about technological novelties and international markets ... (...) Closes this fifth edition, the vi one, the general director of the Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy, Joan Herrera, who was appointed in mid-July and who probably has already given more interviews -transparency- than those given by his predecessor, Arturo Fernández, during the five years he held the position. "

Program V Solar Forum. 

The following data is taken from the following articles, both published on 8/11/2018:

PvMagazine edic. Spain: "There is no one to stop her" by Pilar Sánchez Molina,

(UNEF). Angel García Merino and Patricia Viñes. "The Photovoltaic Sector is preparing to invest 70,000 million euros to reach the renewable targets by 2030"

Among the personalities attending the Forum, some of their comments are reviewed:

The Secretary of State for Energy, José Domínguez Abascal, highlighted the following points:

The challenge posed by climate change, "a challenge that requires the action of the companies that make up the sector and technological development to give an urgent and forceful response"

2017, the year in which solar energy contributed more net capacity than fossils, in particular, 100 GW "a hopeful growth."

It set the goal of penetration of renewables by 35% by 2030, where solar energy will cover more than half of this goal, for which the installation of between 50,000 and 60,000 MW of power will be necessary. Specifically set the investment figure of the photovoltaic sector at 70,000 million euros.

Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner of Action for Climate and Energy of the European Commission:

He said "the need to accelerate the process of energy transition to clean energy, to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement on the environment, where photovoltaic energy plays a relevant role."

He raised the need for a stable regulatory framework (...) and to define a European storage strategy.

José Blanco, MEP of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats:

He put the focus on changing the energy model stated by the new European renewable energy directive, which establishes the right to self-consumption.

The penetration of renewables set in the energy mix in Spain will mean "reducing our emissions of greenhouse gases by 40% by 2030."

Jorge Barredo, president of UNEF:

He was satisfied with the approval of Royal Decree Law 15/2018 on urgent measures for energy transition and consumer protection. However, he admitted that it is necessary a planning that goes in the path of the renewable objectives, a electricity market reform, more legal security and the reduction of procedures for access and connection to these networks.

"The photovoltaic solar sector generates more than 19,000 job positions in Spain and invests 1.6% of its turnover in R + D + I".

For UNEF, the success of the V Solar Forum has shown that the sector is prepared to develop the photovoltaic projects necessary to achieve the renewable objectives foreseen by the Government, both via PPAs or bilateral energy purchase and sale agreements, as well as through energy auctions.

In a talk with pv magazine shortly before the closing of the event, Barredo was very satisfied with the result of the forum, and highlighted as the most positive aspect not only the record number of attendees, but "the desire of the participants to get to know each other and to do networking ".

The director of UNEF, José Donoso, highlited the success of the V Solar Forum too, he had to close the registration earlier than expected due to lack of capacity in the facilities. Also, he agreed with Barroso that, more than the number, "it is the quality of the participants and the desire to take action: it has been shown that the sector is prepared to develop the photovoltaic projects necessary to achieve the renewable objectives foreseen by government".

The 13 tables addressed all the issues and segments: self-consumption, large plants, private PPAs, network capacity, criteria for access to the network, financing, digitization, politics, electricity market, technological novelties, storage, plant management ... In almost all of them it was more than palpable the joy with which the sector faces the new role of solar energy in Spain.

With absolute conviction, Raffaele Fait, representing Solar Power Europe, said that "with 4, 5 or 6 GW, Spain will be the first market in Europe in 2019."

Antonio Delgado, Aleasoft Energy Forecasting, affirmed that "we are living a revolution and Spain is a gold mine" (...) announced that the prices of Spanish PPAs are forecast at an average of € 50 / MWh for the next 10 years. "The PPA is the basic tool to enter that revolution," he said.



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