29 May 2024

Spain's Rooftop Solar Installations Fall in First Quarter

29 May 2024  by reuters   

Solar panels are seen on the roof of a house in Aguimes, Spain February 13, 2024. REUTERS/Borja Suarez/File Photo Purchase Licensing Rights
Spanish households and firms installed fewer rooftop solar power systems in the first quarter of the year compared with the same period last year, solar industry group UNEF said on Tuesday.

Installed capacity fell roughly 26%, UNEF's Chief Executive Jose Donoso told an event in Madrid.

"The fall in residential self-consumption has hit the bottom in the first quarter, but it is now spreading to the industrial sector," Donoso said.

New installed capacity in households fell by 15% from January to March this year, while among industrial customers it fell by 30%, UNEF said.

Lower energy prices and the fading impact of subsidies has been cooling the rooftop solar fever in Spain since last year, with fewer Spanish households setting up solar energy installations.

Donoso urged the government to implement tax deductions, scupper the value-added tax for residential consumption and provide fiscal relief for companies.

More than one-fifth of Spanish houseowners have solar panels installed or are in the process of installing them, UNEF said.


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