The Balearic Islands exceed 10% in installed photovoltaic power and make progress in decarbonisation

Nov 13, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

It means reaching 213 MW, 166% more than in 2019 when the installed capacity was 3.5%, 80 MW.
This November 2022, the Balearic Islands have surpassed 10% in installed photovoltaic power of all installed electrical power in the archipelago, reaching 213 MW installed. This is 166% more than in 2019 when the photovoltaic power installed in the Islands was 3.5%, some 80 MW.

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The Balearic Islands thus become the 9th autonomous community in installed photovoltaic power, surpassing the Canary Islands (with 205MW) and well above communities with more territory such as Navarra (164MW) or Madrid (63MW).

In the words of the Vice President of the Government and Minister for Energy Transition, Productive Sectors and Democratic Memory, Juan Pedro Yllanes, “the Balearic Islands continue to take giant steps in their process of decarbonisation and energy shielding. We can say that we are in luck because we have installed more than 10% of photovoltaic power in the Islands. We continue with our sights set on the end of 2023, where the objective is to reach 25% of energy generation through renewable sources”.

For his part, the Director General of Energy and Climate Change, Pep Malagrava, stressed that “the efforts made in recent years are beginning to bear fruit and, although we are still far from the national average, we are beginning to see how renewables allow us to improve the quality of life, diversify our economy and we are a benchmark as an archipelago in the energy transition”.

To further develop photovoltaic energy and the implementation of renewables, the Government will continue to develop the Investment Plan for the Energy Transition of the Balearic Islands (PITEIB), endowed with 233 million public funds, of which 197 million are managed by the Ministry, for the next 3 years. The plan is structured into 6 major action programmes that will mobilise more than 630 million. In other words, for every euro, 1.7 private euros will be mobilised, thus stimulating the islands’ productive and industrial sectors dedicated to the energy transition. This plan has already launched the first 30 million with the first calls for proposals, which are aimed at creating energy communities and for comprehensive actions in public administrations. Throughout the autumn, all the calls for proposals will be opened to make almost 90% of the budget available.

It should also be noted that in order to promote renewable energies, decentralise their production and democratise it, the Directorate General maintains its own allocation of 4 million euros to continue promoting self-consumption by private individuals. Likewise, with regard to electric mobility, the installation of public charging points will continue until reaching the target of 1,000 public access charging points this December, 3 years before the deadline set by the Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition. Also in relation to electric mobility, the Directorate-General is managing the MOVES III subsidies, which have already reached a budget of more than 17.5 M, to which private individuals, who represent 70% of the average number of beneficiaries, as well as SMEs, already have access. In terms of energy efficiency, the calls to promote the energy rehabilitation of buildings such as the PREE 5000 and the subsidies for thermal renewables and change of luminaires in economic (2.8 million) and residential (2.3 million) sectors continue.