The commitment to renewable and clean energy is growing. According to the data registered by the Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF), in 2022 2,507 MW of new installed power of solar energy were installed in self-consumption facilities. This figure represents an increase of 108% compared to 2021, when 1,203 MW were commissioned. In total, our country already has 5,249 MW of cumulative installed power for self-consumption.
Regarding the distribution by sectors, the majority of this new power has settled in the industrial sector (47%). They are followed by the residential sector (32%), the commercial sector (20%) and isolated self-consumption (1%). If compared to the previous year (2021), the one that grew the most was the industrial sector: from 41% to 47%. This organization calculates that there would already be around 200,500 residential installations with self-consumption in Spain.
“The high prices of electricity, motivated by the uncertainty caused after the invasion of Ukraine, as well as the promotion of the aid contemplated within the Government Recovery Funds have caused self-consumption to continue breaking records in our country”, explains the General Director of UNEF, José Donoso.
The person in charge anticipates that this trend will continue: “The first collective self-consumption projects are beginning to come into operation, a trend that will continue to increase and further boost the sector.”
“Self-consumption will continue the growing trend this year, you just have to look at the progression it has experienced after the elimination of the ‘Sun Tax’ in 2018: in 2019 it obtained 459 MW of power, 596 MW in 2020, 1,203 MW in 2021 and 2,507 GW in 2022”, says Donoso.
According to this association, our country has already passed the milestone of 5GW of installed power for self-consumption nationwide and is advancing at cruising speed in meeting the objectives set out in the Self-consumption Roadmap published by the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge in 2021, which seeks to accelerate the energy transition in record time.
One of the factors that explains this growth is the simplification of administrative barriers to self-consumption and the elimination of building permits in practically all the autonomous communities, with the exception of the Basque Country, they explain. “This is generating a demonstration effect that will make self-consumption become such a common element in our homes and businesses,” recalls the general director of UNEF.