The Spanish Cabinet have agreed to a revised cap on installed megawatts (MW) of photovoltaics modules planned for 2009 and beyond. The new cap has now been set at 500MW for 2009 only as part of a plan to ease the transition away from the previous subsidy package that is expected to see approximately 1200MW installed in 2008 and a total installed based of approximately 1800MW.
Spain still expects to meet its 10,000MW goal by 2020, to meet EU directives for 20 percent of energy derived from renewable sources. The total cap for 2010 will be 460 MW.
A key aspect of the new deal is that greater emphasis will be placed on rooftop installations with two-thirds of the cap being allocated for this over ground based systems mainly used for large-scale utility plants.