The funding follows tough years for Spanish self-consumption, with a sun tax only scrapped last year (Credit: Pixabay)
PV-powered self-consumption is to reap a significant slice of a new multi-million renewable subsidy scheme in the Spanish region of Andalusia, unveiled only this week.
Some 1,500 of the 1,900 Andalusian projects now set to receive €34.2 million in state money will install self-consumption schemes at homes and businesses.
The new programme, run by Andalusia’s Energy Agency, is seeking to mobilise a €68 million total for renewables once private capital is factored in.
Whatever their technology of choice, self-consumption initiatives will receive subsidies covering for 30 to 90% of their total costs.
Most of the awarded projects are PV-powered even if certain funds will support less-widespread self-consumption modalities, such as wind and biomass.
Self-consumption in the post-sun tax era
Some 1,100 of the total 1,900 projects will power homes or neighbourhood associations; up to 900 (equal to €3.7 million in subsidies) are being set up at the initiative of private citizens.
Meanwhile, around €15 million and €14 million will finance renewable systems across municipalities and businesses, respectively; most, again, will be deployed on a self-consumption basis.
The subsidies will help expand self-consumption across Andalucía, Spain’s most populous region with 8.4 million residents, and one of the country's sunniest.
The nation-wide ecosystem took a hit when the Spanish government legislated for a controversial "sun tax" in 2015. Until its phase-out in 2018 by Pedro Sánchez’s administration, the measure set charges for self-consumption systems connecting to the grid to unload or receive power.
President Sánchez has also proposed legislation to deliver a “massive” roll-out of self-consumption in the decades to come, with a national strategy expected to flesh out the specifics. However, only the winner of the 28 April general elections can decide whether the measure will become hard law.
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