The Canary Islands have announced a call for 160 million euros in new renewable energy installations as the Spanish region looks to resume investment in clean power and boost its share of power to 45% by 2025.
A first call, open to wind power developments and worth 80 million euros, is due within a month, the regional government said in an announcement in early March. The second call, which would be open to both wind and photovoltaic installations, is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019 and would be worth another 80 million euros.
The calls signal “an important step forward compared to the 10 years of stoppage that our islands have lived through in the previous period,” said regional government president Fernando Clavijo. “We continue moving towards 100% renewables in the Canary Islands” as part of the new Energy Strategy that aims to achieve a level of 45% by 2025.
Clavijo, who met with the Secretary of State for Energy Daniel Navia as well as industry representatives to finalise details of the calls, nevertheless sounded a note of warning, stating that renewable energy is a complex sector subject to substantial regulation, so “we must be aware of possible changes that may arise” to guarantee its correct development.
Rafael Martell, chairman of the Canary Islands’ wind power association AEOLICAN, assured that the new auction represents a significant step forward “that will place the Canaries as national leaders in this field.”
Enrique Rodríguez Azero, head of the ACER association, said the islands had come through a “many years of darkness”, marked by legal battles and political differences, after the leadership shown in the 1990s. The associations expect renewable penetration on the islands to jump to 20% already by the end of this year from only 8% a year ago.