With 600MW of photovoltaic energy installed in Spain at the end of 2007, and approximately 26,000 people employed in the Spanish PV industry, according to the Spanish Photovoltaic Industry Association (ASIF), without a better than expected new feed-in tariff, the PV industry in the country could face dramatic change, according to ASIF President Javier Anta.
“The present draft of the new regulation is too drastic and not acceptable for the industry”, said Anta during the EU PVSEC´s press conference on September 1st. “Solutions exist to orderly walk firmly the future, and it is expected that the government will take one of them to avoid the debacle of the PV industry in Spain in 2009. But there is not much time because the Spanish industry has already been notably affected. The improvement of the present draft is an urgent must.”
The Regional Minister of Infrastructures and Transport Mario Flores Lanuza, of the Valencian government, had officially opened the the 23rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference & Exhibition (EU PV SEC), in Valencia, Spain on Monday.
Hans-Josef Fell, member of the German Parliament, added that “the challenge for Spain is to ensure that in the coming months and years reliable legal conditions are finally created for investors.” He appealed to the Spanish government “to put an end to the current problematic stop-and-go situation, not to introduce an upper limit for annual investments and instead to introduce a flexible degressive scale geared to changes in the market.”