Windpower Monthly rating 2.5/5

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.

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Spain In-Depth

Influential and interesting in 2018 -- Teresa Ribera

Influential and interesting in 2018 -- Teresa Ribera

Minister for ecological transition, Spain

Wind-to-battery aids Acciona integration commitment

Wind-to-battery aids Acciona integration commitment

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.

WindTech: Gamesa goes offgrid with hybrid system

WindTech: Gamesa goes offgrid with hybrid system

SPAIN: A new wind-solar-storage system aims to provide reliable and competitively priced grid-independent power.

Beleaguered Spanish industry dares to hope again

Beleaguered Spanish industry dares to hope again

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.

Market Status: Spain - Former stronghold still out of the game

Market Status: Spain - Former stronghold still out of the game

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.

Latest Spain news

Spain targets 50GW in new national plan

Spain is targeting nearly 27GW of new wind capacity to 2030, as set in the draft National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) for meeting the 2015 Paris Accord on climate change.

Iberdrola increases renewables investment pledge

Iberdrola plans to increase its investments through to 2022, with boosts planned for both the amount to be spent on renewables and clean energy's share of the total expenditure.

Iberdrola's profits boosted by new capacity

Increases in wind power capacity and production boosted profits for Iberdrola's renewables business in 2018, according to the developer's full-year results.

Nike deal kickstarts Spanish project

Spanish utility and global wind power operator, Iberdrola, has sealed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with sportswear giant Nike, for the power from the 111MW Cavar wind site, in Navarra, northern Spain.

Latest 10MW turbine launched by SGRE

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has unveiled its version of a 10MW offshore wind turbine, following similar product launches by sector rivals.

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