Windpower Monthly rating 3.5/5
Our rating is based on a combination of project pipeline, political and policy support, investor confidence and structural readiness of the country in terms of grid infrastructure, permitting process and local supply chain.
Forecast of installed and operating wind power capacity based on the latest statisitics and measured against the Windpower Intelligence database.
Expectations are again high across Spain’s once roaring wind market. After an effective moratorium on new capacity since 2013, activity snowballed in 2017, spurred on by government wind capacity allocations totalling 4.6GW since 2016.
Spanish wind industry association AEE believes the country can reach 40GW by 2030, supplying roughly 30% of its electricity needs. Most of the projects granted licenses in the 2016-17 auctions put forward 100% discounts - meaning no subsidy needs to be paid towards the construction investment.
The only support left in place was a floor on production earnings, set at €22-28/MWh. Spain has demonstrated in the past the ability to deploy significant amounts of new capacity rapidly, and if the economics are right there is no reason to suppose that it could not continue to do so.
Minister for ecological transition, Spain
SPAIN: Acciona Energy has added a battery storage facility to one of its wind farms, allowing it to further explore grid integration and the use of wind generation to provide reserve power from its central renewables control room.
SPAIN: A new wind-solar-storage system aims to provide reliable and competitively priced grid-independent power.
SPAIN: As the Spanish government responsible for draconian anti-wind reforms prepares to face the electorate, optimism and activity are returning to the sector. Windpower Monthly finds out what developers are planning for the future.
SPAIN Spain's frozen wind market, with just 28MW of new capacity installed in 2014, pins most hope of recovery on the general election in November.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has appointed Alfonso Faubel as CEO of its onshore business, replacing Mark Albenze, who had held the position on a temporary basis alongside his role as CEO for the company's service business.
A new device call Notus promises to slash wind farm operation costs by scanning and detecting blade coating and surface faults using terahertz imaging -- a technology developed by US security agencies following the terrorist strikes in New York in September 2001.
VIDEO: Acciona has installed flexible carbon-based photovoltaic (PV) modules on a turbine in Spain in an attempt to make wind power more efficient.
Siemens will transfer its 59% majority stake in Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) to its gas and power unit, which will be untethered from its parent company and spun off in a public listing.
Siemens Gamesa has been assigned an investment grade credit rating by three leading financial services companies, indicating its ability to repay issued debt.