Smart batteries give real meaning to domestic PV installations

FuturENERGY April-May 2020

According to estimates from the latest study from the Observatory for Sustainability, there are some 100,000 solar rooftops in Spain. We are well behind Europe’s leader, Germany, where PV modules have already been installed in 1.4 million households; and Italy, where figures are in the region of 600,000. José Santamarta, expert economist in climate change and the author of the above report, recommends implementing 1 million solar rooftops in Spain to address the country’s most urgent climate and energy challenges. As a result, there is still a long way to go in order to achieve a level comparable with our neighbours and comply with the EU’s requirements as regards energy transition.

However, we are taking small, albeit significant, steps. Self-consumption installations in Andalusia increased 7-fold in 2019, closing the year with 2,700 units, compared to the 382 installations recorded in 2018. In total, these installations have a generation capacity of 32 MW. Without checking if forecasts will be met, the Andalusian Energy Agency plans on allocating an additional €10.7m to solar power self-consumption from the ERDF funds already approved last December, designed to accelerate the decarbonisation of the economy.

By Franc Comin, CEO Webatt and Albert López, Journalist