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.

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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

Global renewables ambition 'needs to double by 2030'

Countries need to more than double their plans for renewable energy deployment by 2030, according to a report to be released in the second week of the UN's Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid.

WindEurope Offshore 2019: SGRE 'flexes' offshore turbine to 11MW

Siemens Gamesa has unveiled a new 11MW version of its offshore wind turbine, as the WindEurope Offshore 2019 conference and exhibition kicks off in Copenhagen.

SGRE meets guidance for financial year - updated

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) recorded revenue of €10.23 billion across its full financial year, meeting its €10-11 billion target for 2019. But a new round of job cuts is on the way.

Renewables spending bears fruit at Iberdrola

Spanish energy giant Iberdrola said record investment in its network and renewables division has reaped rewards with net profit growing 20.4% in the first nine months of the year.

Acciona set for Nordex takeover bid

Acciona will launch a full takeover of Nordex after increasing its majority share in the German turbine manufacturer to 36.27%.

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