New solar feed-in tariffs to take effect in Spain


Madrid, Spain — (METERING.COM) — February 26, 2009  – A register of 392 solar projects that are eligible to receive new feed-in tariffs has been released by Spain’s ministry of industry, tourism and trade, enabling the program to get under way.

A total of 1,824 projects had been submitted in this first round of applications but some were cancelled by their proposers while others were cancelled as being duplicates or because of errors in the information supplied.

The tariffs assigned to these installations is 34 c€/kWh for low power rooftop installations (20 kW or less, type I.1), and 32 c€/kWh for higher power rooftop (greater than 20 kW, type I.2) and ground mounted (type II) installations.

The combined power of the eligible type I.1 installations is 1.669 MW (153 projects), of the type I.2 is 20.916 MW (143 projects), and of the type II is 66.113 MW (96 projects), giving a total capacity of 88.698 MW.

The limit for this first round was 125 MW, comprised of 6.675 MW of type I.1, 60.075 MW of type I.2 and 58.25 MW of type II.

The recipients of the eligible projects now have twelve months to finalize their installations and be ready to receive the feed-in tariffs, which are granted for a period of 25 years.

The ministry also announced that in the next quarterly round of applications the quotas for types I.1 and I.2 installations will remain the same, while that for type II installations will be increased by 36 MW.

The applicable feed-in tariffs in this next round will be 34, 32 and 30.72 c€/kWh for the type I.1, I.2 y II installations respectively.

Spain has the second largest installed capacity of solar PV installations in Europe, with a total of 655 MW in 2007, behind Germany’s 3,846 MW, of which 512 MW were installed in 2007, according to the latest EurObserv’ER report. Germany’s renewable energy plan for 2005-10 aimed to install 400 MW of solar installations by 2010 but as this level was reached ahead of schedule the target has been increased up to 1,200 MW.