UNEF celebrates the opening of new era for self-consumption in Spain

At the beginning of April, the Spanish Government passed a decree that defines a simpler and stable framework for the development of self-consumption, opening up a completely new scenario for the PV industry. UNEF’s view is really positive, as it considers this new regulation as an important step to stabilize the situation and give regulatory certainty after many years of tax and administrative hurdles.

Last October, an earlier decree eliminated the ban on shared self-consumption, as well as the so-called sun-tax. This latest decree provides details to install shared self-consumption plants, creates an adequate framework for energy collectives and introduces the remuneration to the exceeding energy that consumers put into the grid. This last new element is set in a way that the compensation is offered on the electricity bill on a monthly basis.

UNEF estimates that within this new framework an average of 400 new MW of PV self-consumption will be installed annually in Spain and that shared self-consumption will become popular in housing estates, shopping malls and industrial parks, also contributing to solving energy poverty issues.

UNEF claims that the regulatory framework is not yet complete: Spain’s competition authority CNMC plans to lay out by September new grid access terms for self-consumption, while a further decree regulating the same field could follow from the new government.