Pimec, Unefcat and Eloliccat calculate that if the 15,000 MW planned in Aragon were installed in Catalonia, it would mean 430.6 million for Catalan municipalities in construction license taxes , in addition to 57.3 million per year for 25 years in municipal taxes.

For example the IBI and more than 46 million annually for the owners of land for rent . In turn, this would mean about 50,000 jobs a year in the construction phase and 11,500 direct and indirect jobs derived from maintenance, permanent throughout the life of the parks .

They recall that renewable energies will be an essential factor for the competitiveness of companies and strategic industrial sectors, such as the chemical, automotive or steel industries and ” location or relocation decisions .”

The Catalan decree law 16/2019 develops “the strictest regulation of the State on renewables”, they affirm. Among other elements, this regulation creates a transversal administrative instrument, the Ponència de les Energies Renovables de Catalunya, which prior to the. Processing evaluates each project.

Until today, the Ponència, created in principle to streamline procedures, has rejected 39% of the wind energy projects analyzed and 38% of the photovoltaic and only 36% of the wind and 5% of the photovoltaic have been considered viable without terms.

Of all the projects that have passed this evaluation, only four photovoltaic and none wind energy add up to 29.1 MW and have begun the procedures for public exposure. In its day, the regulatory reform carried out by the then head of the Company, Àngels Chacón , was aimed at defusing the expansion of renewable energies in Catalonia.

While supporting the advancement of citizen and cooperative self – consumption promoted by Catalan regulations, Pimec, Eoliccat and Unefcat, highlight that only 100.3 MW installed have been reached. And they remember that only by installing panels on the roofs “there is no surface available and it will, in the best of cases, reach 25% of the estimated electricity demand for 2050”.

In this sense, they underline that the installations on the ground are also “essential to achieve the energy transition objectives”.

In the last 11 years, only one cooperative wind project has been built, Viure de l’Aire del Cel, and authorization has not been requested for any more among the projects that have reached the Ponència, these organizations affirm.

The commitments for the implementation of renewables for Catalonia in 2030 are 4,090 MW of wind and 6,270 MW of solar. Since the first wind turbine was installed in 1984, the renewable generation capacity in Catalonia is 1,271.1 MW in wind and 344.54 MW in solar photovoltaic, equivalent, respectively, to 5% and 4% of the generation capacity with wind and sun in service in the whole of Spain as of December 31 last.

L’Agència Catalana de l’Aigua (ACA) has launched the tender for 29 photovoltaic parks in many other treatment plants, with a capacity of 2,396 kilowatts peak (kWpic). The project has a budget of 3.3 million euros. They will produce energy for self-consumption by the sanitation facilities themselves.

In the opinion of the acting ‘minister’ of Territori, Damià Calvet, the measure “evidences the deisive bet on the decarbonisation of the water cycle, reducing CO2 emissions and promoting the energy self-sufficiency of the treatment plants”.

Calvet marks these actions in the program for energy saving and efficiency in housing in Catalonia, which the ACA has deployed since 2018. The plan, he adds, foresees a global investment of 159 million euros.

By Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor is a journalist who intends to build a bright career in the media industry, He has a great interest and knowledge about the Business industry for Packaging Magazine. Hence, He loves to cover the hottest news in the Sports niche. Michael also published his articles in New York Post, NPR and Sky Sports.

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