The Ministry for the Ecological Transition wants to improve the conditions so that local distributed generation projects can compete.
The Government is already warming up engines for the next renewable auction, which could be convened in a few two or three months. That’s what the Councilor for Urban Planning and Equipment of Zaragoza, Víctor Serrano, after holding a meeting with the Secretary of State for Energy, Sara Aagesen.
At the Ministry for Ecological Transition “they were very interested in knowing what problems we had had when bidding for 5 MW to start up a project photovoltaic solar installation on the roofs of the Torrero Cemetery for the next ones that could be in two or three months, to encourage the participation of as many municipalities as possible“, He explained at a press conference.
“It is true that we were not awarded, but it is a formula for success that we hope they will imitate in other cities,” he admits. In fact, the Government wanted to know “what have been the difficulties that we have faced to present ourselves and thus improve the text for the next auctions”.
300 MW for distributed
In the Resolution of September 8, 2021 for the call for the second auction, it was reserved 300 MW to photovoltaic technology for local distributed generation facilities. Conditions were very demanding and only 5.75 MW were awarded. One relatively large 3,250 kW project presented by Lacksalt Asset Management, and three others of 750 kW, 875 kW and 875 kW from the same company, Enerland Generación Solar.
The installations awarded this reserve had to be connected to the distribution network at a voltage equal to or less than 45 kV and have an installed power equal to or less than 5 MW, according to the BOE.
But also las facilities awarded this reserve had to promote proximity to consumption centers. The most complicated was the requirement of the owner. The owner of the installation could only be a local cooperative, “that has at least ten cooperative members”, and with fiscal domicile located in municipalities at a distance of less than 30 km from the facility.
could also be a local public administration or entity when the installation is located in the territory of its competence or a capital company, in which at least 25% of the share capital or 25% of the necessary financing, is from at least four local participants.
The demands did not end there, such as not being able to present projects resulting from an artificial division of a higher power installation or being less than 500 meters from another winner of the auction and belonging to the same property.
The 5 MW of Zaragoza
The Zaragoza City Council has already said that it does not give up. Will compete again in the next auction, “We were the only city council to compete in October and also with the maximum cap, with 5 MW.” But meanwhile it is going to create a public-private company to promote photovoltaic energy generation, for self-consumption of the municipal equipment and facilities, and to sell.
For it, has launched a public tender to create that company that “will have as fundamental criteria transparency, free competition and, above all, the guarantee that this society generates green energy but also income and is self-sufficient, that citizens do not have to finance it,” said councilor Víctor Serrano.
“Our project is a pioneer in terms of energy with the policies that the Government of Spain wants to promote, we will provide clean electricity to the Spanish grid, we will lower the electricity bill, we will self-consumption of municipal equipment, and we will create local energy communities for vulnerable families”. And all this, he pointed out, “is going to be done without going against the pockets of the people of Zaragoza”.