In 2018, electricity self-consumption increased by 80% with respect to the previous year.
The so-called energy poverty, is one of the major problems facing the economy of much of the Spanish population today, especially after the last big rise in light, which positions us as the third country in the European Union with the most expensive electricity. Faced with this, there are companies that advocate self-consumption as an efficient tool to cut costs and be more sustainable.
Proof that Spain is beginning to become aware of the problem is the increase in the number of photovoltaic installations by 80% in 2018 compared to 2017, with a total of 1,153 installations, according to data from the Photovoltaic Yearbook 2019 published this week. Another report, the PV Status of the European Union, positions us as the fifth country in the EU in terms of accumulated capacity, with 5.6 GW.
The self-consumption is a reality that has already demonstrated its great advantages for the communities of neighbors, for that reason who has a roof, has a treasure, and an important source of savings, although still we only take advantage of a small percentage of what we could save with the self-consumption.
The installed power grew by 40%, to 27 megawatts (MW), which although it seems a small growth, reflects an upward trend, especially considering that for much of the year there was no legislative change and still maintained some legal uncertainty and certain bureaucratic obstacles in installation.
The number of installations with powers of up to 10 Kw increased by 143%, and “will continue to grow much more because the new Royal Decree 244/2019 eliminates the bureaucratic obstacles almost completely, this and that the option of instant self-consumption is the most attractive option for cost and also benefits from the IBI bonus in most cities, which should, if everything continues along the same path, cause an outstanding growth.
On the other hand, the same data explain that the installations with powers higher than 10Kw have increased by 58 % and those of type 2 or that could, according to the legislation of 2015, pour into the network, 30 %. What is good data giving confidence to the sector, which will grow and cause more installations, solar photovoltaic energy is the present of the energies and the first to be self-produced by the consumer himself.
In addition to profitability, self-consumption does not generate pollution and helps generate green employment. Not to mention that both the price and the bureaucratic difficulties have decreased with respect to a few years ago. In 2007, a plaque cost 600 euros and a permit was given in an average term of six months. In 2019, it is worth 100 euros and permits are no longer needed for its connection.