PV energy, the driver of change for tomorrow’s Spain

FuturENERGY July-September 2021

La energía fotovoltaica, palanca de cambio para la España que viene

According to the ‘Spain 2050’ report, since the mid-1960s, Spain’s ecological footprint has significantly increased. If all of humanity consumes as we do today, two and a half planets would be required to cover its needs. Among the main factors behind this excess consumption is our inflated dependence on fossil fuels, for both our productive sector, and for transport and for daily consumption in the home.

Climate change is already inevitable, but we are still in time to help to avoid its more undesirable effects and prevent these from conditioning the well-being of today’s generations and of those of tomorrow, while we manage to preserve biodiversity. To achieve this, we must become a carbon-neutral society. This will involve changing the way in which we produce energy, travel around, produce, consume and how we relate to nature. We must make the most of all our intellectual wealth and our value chain to develop a sustainable energy ecosystem without leaving anyone behind and without deepening social inequalities.

In 2019, Spain led the growth in the PV sector at European level and was the ninth power worldwide in installed PV capacity. As a result, Spain is ninth in the world in solar power. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has served to accelerate and reinforce the ecological transition, not only in Europe, but also in Spain. This commitment has materialised through the enhanced ambition of the 2030 decarbonisation objectives and by converting the ecological transition into one of the basic axes of the Spanish Government’s Recovery Plan.