PPAs driving ground-mounted solar deployment in Spain as 2020 installs get to 2.8GWp

Opdenergy’s 50MW Zafra PV job in Spain’s Andalucía region. Picture: Opdenergy. Service provider solar and

Opdenergy’s 50MW Zafra PV job in Spain’s Andalucía region. Picture: Opdenergy.

Service provider solar and projects backed by electrical power order agreements (PPAs) drove floor-mounted PV deployment in Spain last yr, as the state installed its 2nd-maximum annually amount of money of 2.8GWp, new figures from trade association UNEF expose.

Even though the figures are down on 2019 – when the region deployed 4.1GW of floor-mounted solar, its best ever stage – UNEF stated the final results past 12 months have been historic because no point out aid was demanded to assist new developments.

In terms of self-consumption jobs, 596MW was deployed in Spain last calendar year, the highest at any time total in the country and up 30% on 2019.

The deployment updates kind element of UNEF’s 2020 yearly report, which unveiled Spain was Europe’s foremost sector in phrases of PPAs. “Practically all” big-scale PV tasks set up in the county previous calendar year had been backed by PPAs, the trade human body said.

Among the PPAs announced in 2020 was a 10-yr arrangement in between developer Solaria and vitality trader Axpo Iberia for 150MW of solar projects, when Acciona secured a offer to supply 100GWh of renewable energy for every 12 months to telecommunications company Telefónica.

Spain past year introduced a new renewables auction system, with the first auction less than that procedure having spot in January and awarding additional than 2GW of photo voltaic potential.

As well as giving stability for the enhancement of new projects, the auctions will aid Spain access its cleanse vitality targets, UNEF reported, which involve the concentrate on of getting 39.2GW of put in PV capacity by 2030 underneath its countrywide energy and local weather strategy. To attain that determine, the place will have to have to deploy roughly 2.7GW of solar for every yr for the next decade.

In phrases of utility-scale deployment, it is anticipated that 2021 will observe a equivalent trend to 2020, as jobs awarded from the auctions are nonetheless becoming designed. Deployment figures for the commencing of 2021 ended up “very promising”, UNEF director normal José Donoso explained to PV Tech previously this yr. This year could see as substantially as 3GW of floor-mounted solar deployed, when some projects awarded in January’s auction could be connected to the grid in 2022.

The new auction system will assistance the deployment of at minimum 10GW of solar PV by 2025. Whilst UNEF welcomed the benefits of the very first auction, it strengthened calls for a separate auction for strength storage devices or renewables-as well as-storage assignments to assist the region meet up with its target of 2.5GW of deployed battery storage by 2030.

The UNEF report also disclosed that Spain’s PV sector very last year supported pretty much 59,000 oblique and immediate employment and contributed €3.7 billion (US$4.4 billion) to the country’s GDP.

“With this data on the table, we are confident that the photovoltaic sector will bring financial advancement and work development to the nation, at the exact time it will lead to the increase of its biodiversity and the battle from the weather unexpected emergency,” said UNEF president Rafael Benjumea.