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The new decree on renewables multiplies the projects in Catalonia by seven

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Renewable energy projects in the public information process in Catalonia have multipliedsix months after the entry into force of the renewable energy decree law, which has also triggered “exponential” photovoltaic self-consumption.

This was highlighted this Thursday, in the balance of the first half year of validity of the renewable energy decree law, the Minister of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda of the Generalitat, Teresa Jordà, together with the General Director of Energy, Assumpta Farran , the Secretary General for the Environment and Sustainability, Anna Barnadas, and the General Director of the Institut Català d’Energia (ICAEN), Marta Morera.

Specifically, in these six months it has gone from less than a dozen renewable energy projects, which added a total of 60 megawatts (MW) of power, which had started or passed the public information process, to seventy projects, totaling 1,200 MW of power .

Of these, the majority are photovoltaic energy projects, which add up to a thousand MW of power, and the rest are wind energy, which represents close to 200 MW, reports Efe.

In the same line, photovoltaic self-consumption has grown “exponentially” and the total number of installations in Catalonia has doubled in just 9 months, going from 13,000 and 120 MW total power in June 2021 to 25,500 installations and 200 MW at the end of the first quarter of 2022.

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“We have stepped on the accelerator and there is no going back”Jordà remarked, affirming that the results of the new decree “are beginning to be seen”.

The Minister has recognized that, for a decade, Catalonia has suffered a “stop” in the deployment of renewable energies and has assured that the Generalitat has the commitment to reverse it.

In this sense, with the aim of speeding up the installation of renewable energy projects, it has advanced that In the next few days, the Government will approve a modification of the decree on renewables to urgently process projects of up to 5 MW of powerwhich will make it possible to reduce processing times, which currently take around 13 months, by half.

Regarding the growth of self-consumption, Jordà has assured that the Government has set the conditions “to activate a true roof revolution” and has praised the commitment and involvement of citizens, companies and entities in the energy transition.

According to data from the Department of Climate Action, in one year the average number of authorized monthly self-consumption installations has multiplied by three, and the authorized monthly power has doubled.

“If we look at the wind power installed in Catalonia today, of all the approximately 800 wind turbines that we have, the power is 1,274 MW. Therefore, what we have now in public information is exactly what is working right nowand these 1,274 MW have been installed between 1991 and 2018. We have in public information the same as we have been able to install for 30 years” of wind energy, Farran stressed to verify the dimension of growth.

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As to whether the current rate will be sufficient to achieve the objectives set by the Generalitat, Barnadas has indicated that, Thanks to the new decree, in six months the speed that existed in the field of renewables has “greatly improved”but has admitted that more tools and more human resources are needed to make the energy transition.

“We can still accelerate more. This is a first test of what has happened in six months. In six months or a year we will be able to return to account and surely the speed will have increased,” he added.

According to the report “Energy Prospective of Catalonia 2050”, prepared by ICAEN, to achieve decarbonisation in 2050, Catalonia must reach 62,000 MW of renewable energy by then, which would mean multiplying the current installed renewable power by 18.

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