You are invited to the Trace Software International PV event!

Trace Software International – the leading expert in efficient solutions for the electricity and photovoltaic industries since 1987, has organized an event dedicated to the community of solar professionals in Spain on the 10th of October.

Within the framework of the European Union’s energy strategy for 2030, the Spanish PV sector faces a great challenge: to become the main source of energy for the electrical system. To meet the objectives of climate neutrality, one of the key measures is the investment in efficient technology.

The company will present the archelios™ Suite, the software solution to manage rooftop photovoltaic installations, large solar power plants, grid-connected PV power or self-consumption systems. The Suite consists of three main applications: archelios™ Pro, archelios™ Calc and archelios™ O&M, which helps professionals achieve maximum precision and greater performance in all phases of a photovoltaic project: feasibility study and 3D design , electrical sizing, operation and maintenance.

The energy mix

In 2018, the percentage of the photovoltaic generation over the total renewable energy was 7.6% corresponding to a 3% contribution to the national electricity mix.  In the same year, photovoltaic energy was the third-largest source in the energy mix. In fact,  the data of Red Eléctrica de España (REE), the national distribution network operator, shows that in 2018 there was an increase of 26 MW in terms of installed power, and which were corresponding to grid-connected  solar energy.

Solar energy auctions

The solar energy auctions of 2017 saw a 3,900 MW of solar generation capacity allocated in Spain. As of July 31, according to the REE data, the installed capacity in 2019 was about 1,104 MW. The rest of the projects awarded in the auctions are under development and are expected to be completed by Q4 of 2019. These projects have a significant relevance for the future of photovoltaics in the national market.

The value of the PV energy in the Spanish GDP

Photovoltaic energy positively contributes to Spanish GDP and the figures speak of an upward trend: 2,357 million euros in 2017 and 2,711 million euros in 2018. With respect to the activity group that has the greatest relevance in the country’s GDP, the photovoltaic energy production accounted for 72% of the total sector in 2018.

From the point of view of the balance of trade, the data for 2018 exceeds those of 2017 presenting a significant surplus: 800 million euros in 2018 and 557 million euros in 2017. The activity that contributed most to this surplus was those of “Ingeneering and Installers” with 52% of the total impact. In addition, the same professional category is the one that most contributes to exports in the sector with 52% of the total impact.

The PV self-consumption market

Despite the limitations of the self-consumption sector in Spain, suffered by a wrong government maneuver, in recent years the power installed in the country has registered an increase. This trend is due to the installation of photovoltaic self-consumption systems by some sectors, such as agriculture and hospitality, since this represents a way to reduce the energy bill and increase environmental sustainability.

After the approval of RDL 15/2018 and RD 244/2019 on self-consumption, it is estimated that the sector will be developed at a rate of 300-400 MW per year. These legislations are aimed at establishing a stable framework, where the same key principles of the European Renewable Energy Directive are ensured: legal certainty, non-retroactivity, the right to self-consumption without charges; and administrative simplification. RDL 15/2018 recognized renewable self-consumption as an essential element for the country’s energy transition.

The PV labour market

The number of national jobs linked to the photovoltaic sector in 2018 was 29,306. With respect to R&D expenditure, in 2017 there was a notable increase compared to the previous year (59 million in 2016), amounting to 79.2 million euros, a figure that increased 37% in 2018, reaching 108 million euros. There are notable differences between the different activities considered. The engineering and installers category stands out, as it invests a 4.11% of the total sales profits to activities for the technological innovation, reaching in 2017 the 30 million euros of expenditure on R+D that increases to 48 million euros in 2018.

Source: UNEF report.

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