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

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%.

Siemens Gamesa almost doubles net income

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy's (SGRE) net income grew 97% in the first nine months of the company's 2019 financial year due to improved productivity and increased sales volume.

Siemens Gamesa appoints new onshore CEO

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.

OEMs field-testing blade inspection tool

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.

Acciona trials solar modules to power wind turbine

VIDEO: Acciona has installed flexible carbon-based photovoltaic (PV) modules on a turbine in Spain in an attempt to make wind power more efficient.

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