Spain will triple the MW of self-consumption without the "sun tax"

España triplicará los MW de autoconsumo sin el “impuesto al sol”

The days of the sun tax have come to an end

The days of the sun tax have come to an end for a double reason:

Europe has just approved the new renewable directive and in it, it is prohibited to apply charges to energy self-consumption until December 2026. Thereafter, it can be reviewed by the states after justification.

Spain, with the new Government and through the Ministry of Ecological Transition has confirmed that this tax will be repealed.

How has this great change come about?

The role of Spain has been decisive. The triumvirate of the new minister Teresa Ribera, MEP José Blanco and Commissioner for Energy and Climate Miguel Arias Canete have joined forces to end the backup toll levied own consumption in our country.

According to this Directive, any self-consumption installation of less than 25 kW of installed power will not pay any costs associated with the production and discharge of energy. In 2026, the states will be able to revise it and may impose a toll if solar installations of less than 25 kW represent more than 8% of the total installed power of a country.

We are talking about excellent news but it does not help the photovoltaic industry in the short term, since it will come into force in the year 2020.

However, what if you have an immediate effect it is the repeal of tax or toll backup sun appears the RD 900/2015 since the parliamentary groups of the PSOE and United We Can already processed the bill measures urges to promote electric selfconsumption. This will arrive at the congress at the end of September 2018.

NO to sun tax, NO to administrative obstacles and YES to shared self-consumption

The regulations still in force have been an economic, psychological and administrative obstacle. Despite efforts to curb self-consumption, it is more alive than ever.

With the Proposition of Law, previously mentioned, we will have a regulation that will eliminate the barriers and the brakes imposed on self-consumption in Spain. It will mean a drastic change in energy and it is only the first step.

  • The economic barrier will disappear with the elimination of the sun tax . It is worth advancing that the closure to the net balance opens. An owner will be able to install solar panels to generate more electricity than his house needs to sell the surplus to the electric network at market price.
  • The administrative barrier will also be a thing of the past. With the ipso facto approval of the access and connection RD to the transport networks and administrative conditions of self-consumption, all the procedures will be simplified.
  • Shared self-consumption will be possible. All citizens regardless of where they live can enjoy the benefits of solar energy. A community of owners can put solar panels on the roof of their building and each of the neighbors of the block can benefit from the photovoltaic production with the consequent savings on their bill.

All media in this country will echo these changes as they are introduced. The general perception of the citizens will suffer a change and the fears and insecurities present in the majority of consumers will disappear.

Growth of self-consumption

According to the SotySolar data, in 2017 135 photovoltaic MW were installed. Growth forecasts improve substantially in this 2018, with an estimated increase of around 250-300%, and this upward trend will continue to be seen over the next few years.

In summary, the sun tax disappears, administrative procedures will be much simpler and collective self-consumption will be allowed. Fill in your numbers, if with the current regulations self-consumption was already profitable, what do you think will happen when these measures come into force for self-consumption?