A ‘bubble’ of solar panels waits a year to install them at home
The historic increase in energy prices and the green transition mandated by the European Union have forced Spaniards to opt for self-consumption in their homes. It’s the ‘boom’ of solar panels that are increasingly affordable and more profitable in Spain. In 2021, 1 GW of new photovoltaic power was installed in solar panels for this purpose. 102% more than 2020.. “and will exceed 2 GW in 2022”, According to experts.
In December 2021, the Ministry of Environmental Transition and Demographic Challenges stated that “according to a study by the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE), Self-consumption could reach between 9 GW and 14 GW of installed power in 2030”. But for other organizations this estimate falls short. Among them, the CNMC (National Markets and Competition Commission) himself, or José Benzumia, CEO of the European energy self-consumption company Powen, who organized this fall in an event with UNEF (Spanish Photovoltaic Union) and Brookfield Renewable. There is a change in the vision of expectations: “Our forecast to reach between 20 and 30 GW is true, because in Spain We enjoy an average of 1,700 hours of sunshine a year.”
But this craze for photovoltaic electric self-consumption has been hampered by crazy electricity prices. is first Individual decision to install the panel that, in the case of neighboring communities, this can be a slow and cumbersome process; Then he Bureaucracy and permits, which may take two or three months. And finally the installation itself. Normally, this is done in less than a week, but with shortages of components, batteries and drivers, and shortages of trained workers and installers, “this process can be delayed for weeks or even months”, sources in the field say. waiting lists More than three months in Valladolid or Castellon, of Six in Madrid and the central zone, four or five in Salamanca, more than half a year in Valencia, and up to a year in Gipuzkoa.
“This is real madness. We couldn’t take that much workload from offering photovoltaic solar energy. The market has blossomed and we, who were setting up 7 or 8 facilities annually a year ago, now have 30 so far this year and we have More than 60 customers on waiting list. I don’t know if we will arrive because it is also difficult to find ready workers”, he says from the Galician company, from Pontevedra, Iperdromes. The company calculates that due to material and operator shortages, customer waits can currently reach 120 days.
Josep Miró, from the Guild of Installers of Catalonia, “You will have to wait four to eight weeks for the inverter to arrive”, the heart of the photovoltaic installation, as they are responsible for converting the energy generated by the solar panels. What is the content you can use. “And if you have seven-eight works pending, you have to wait for three-four months,” he assured before laying on the table that lax administration in granting permits is also a major problem. “Bureaucracy is very slow. To process and get permits.” It takes a long time. The administration has collapsed.” decision
The installation cost of panels for self-consumption has come down as they have become ‘popular’ and the technology has become more mature. Installation cost, which usually has a useful life of about 25 or 30 years, varies depending on the levels: from the simplest, with only plates, to the most sophisticated, with batteries. A single-family home will cost Between 5,000 and 8,000 euros 3.5 and for installed power of 5 or 6 peak kilowatts. In case of installation modular battery, According to the Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF) which allows energy storage, “the price will double.” In buildings, the The investment per neighbor can be between 1,000 or 1,500 euros. “In a single-family house or apartment that spends 100-150 euros a month on electricity The bill can be reduced by 30%, 40% or 50%”.
Aid and Subsidy To install solar panel today a encourage When deciding to step towards renewable energy. Active grants for the period 2021-2023 come from Next Generation European Union Plan And they are managed in Spain by IDAE, the Ministry of Environmental Transition and Demographic Challenges. After the first game with 600 million eurosAid to communities has been increased by another 550 million Autonomous regions where this subsidy ended, such as Andalusia, Aragon, the Balearic Islands, Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia, the Valencian Community, Galicia, Madrid and the Basque Country. And town halls also offer discounts, for example in IBI, which make it more profitable to use your own solar energy.
Accordingly Eco FoundationDedicated to promoting self-consumption, “the investment is recovered over a period of 5 to 7 years and, from there, savings are made for the rest of the useful life of the installation” and “with subsidies” and many hours of sunlight in large communities in geographical areas, “Amortization can be done only in two years.”
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