Self-consumption in Barcelona, ​​what does the future hold?

Image result for soty solarSotySolar, a leading company in the selfconsumption sector, which has several reference studies on the current situation of self-consumption in Spain, has prepared a new study in which it discusses the situation of self-consumption in the province of Barcelona.

Let’s repeat it once more, if necessary, self-consumption is here to stay. It is legal and very profitable, since costs have been reduced by more than 76.5% in this decade.


Self-consumption situation in Barcelona

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In Barcelona, ​​a total of 433 kW have been installed so far in 2018 , representing 15% of the total installed power in Barcelona. This represents a growth of 35% compared to the same period of the previous year. In other words, in August 2018 the same power will be installed as during the previous year.

This translates into 94 new self-consumption facilities in Barcelona , of which 118 kW have been for the industrial sector, 120 kW of commercial use, and the palm is carried by the residential sector with 195 kW installed and distributed in 71 facilities.

Barcelona has installed 60% of the installed capacity throughout Catalonia. Another data of special interest is the distribution of self-consumption within the different localities of the Catalan province. There is at least one self-consumption facility in 48 municipalities of the 311 that make up the province of Barcelona. In absolute terms and as is logical by population volume, Barcelona is the city with the most kW of solar energy installed with a total of 520 kW. However, if we refer to the Installed Power / Hab ratio, the first place is occupied by the town of Castellcir with 80.14 w / hab followed by Sant Mateu de Bages with 64.28 w / hab.

In the first place, it is convenient to indicate that when we talk about installed power (MW) we refer to solar panel installations in Barcelona that have been duly legalized in the administrative record of self-consumption of electric energy of the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda.

“It has been surprising to see that the domestic sector is the fastest growing sector. In the first phases of development, the natural thing is that self-consumption is implemented mainly at the business level. That Barcelona is not like that, reveals that Catalan society is one step ahead. He has become aware and is betting vigorously on the renewable energy transition through self-consumption with solar panels in Barcelona “says Edgar Imaz, co-founder of SotySolar and the author of the study.


Who install solar panels in Barcelona?

A more appropriate question would be, Who are the solar energy enthusiasts? We will make two distinctions: on the one hand, the owner of a single-family home and on the other the manager of a typical company:

What is the profile of solar energy companies in Barcelona?

There are many solar energy companies in Barcelona of different sizes, with different portfolio of services, but if we were to characterize the profile of solar energy companies in Barcelona, ​​it would be the following:

The role of public bodies

Speaking of Barcelona is talking about one of the most cosmopolitan cities and also one of the most developed provinces in the European Union. Barcelona and its citizens have decided to be sustainable. The following 3 cases illustrate this situation:

  • Barcelona City Council confirms its commitment to Solar Self-consumption, allocating € 12.4 million during the period 2017-2019.
  • Barcelona Energía, the green marketing company of the Barcelona City Council, creates rates specially designed to encourage self-consumption.
  • Many town councils include bonuses in the IBI, ICIO and IAE for the installation of self-consumption systems of renewable generation. At this point, the town of Rubí stands out, where through the Local Economic Development Area they have developed the so-called “green taxation” with tax rebates on the three main municipal taxes.


The future is ours

All the studies point towards the same direction, one in which self-consumption will be part of our day to day life and no homes will be conceived without their own system of energy generation with smart batteries , as they are not conceived now without a fridge, washing machine and Full HD flat TV. By combining installations of solar panels in Barcelona with solar tariffs, average savings of around 40% in the electricity bill are being achieved, this shows what the guidelines to follow in the immediate future may be.
Returning to Barcelona, ​​reports from reputable consultants estimate that photovoltaic technology could reach 178 thousand homes by 2021 in a realistic scenario. This will involve the installation of 476 new MW, which will generate 6500 jobs and stop producing 100 tons of CO2.
Finally, Edgar Imaz, responsible for the study, points to the end of the energy model as we know it, and is committed to a system in which the citizen produces and consumes his own energy in a responsible, efficient and respectful way with the environment .