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.
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.
SPAIN: Gamesa and Iberdrola have created a remote management system allowing them to potentially control any turbine around the world.
SPAIN: Ricardo Chocarro has left his role as onshore CEO at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy after 19 years with the company and Gamesa prior to merger. SGRE has also appointed a new chairman and CFO.
SPAIN: Enel Green Power has started construction on three wind farms for which it was awarded capacity in the Spanish renewables tender in May 2017.
SPAIN: Acciona Energía is using blockchain technology to certify that energy fed into the grid from its wind-battery hybrid project in Navarre is completely renewable.
SPAIN: A 160-metre onshore steel turbine tower has been installed using a self-erecting system.
SPAIN: The electricity sector is to undergo urgent reforms to enable a larger penetration of renewable energies which will, in turn, ensure a lower price for consumers and greater energy efficiency, Spain's ecological transition minister Teresa Ribera announced.