Ministry clears backlog of CSP projects in Spain

In May of this year, a decree issued by the Spanish Ministry of Industry had caused a stir in the sector. Until then, everybody who completed his power plant within a certain time frame could expect to obtain the feed-in tariff. The new decree introduced the requirement of an inscription into a register as a condition for being entitled to the tariff. To this end, the projects needed to meet certain criteria. The Ministry subsequently failed to keep up with processing the registration applications. This caused uncertainty among planners and investors and caused approved loans to be frozen in several cases.

The Ministry has now entered solar thermal power plants with a total capacity of more than 2,000 MW into the register. This is about half of the filed applications. According to the Ministry's schedule, solar thermal power plants with a capacity of 861 MW will be connected to the grid by the end of 2010. Until 2013, another 500 MW annually are scheduled to follow, which corresponds to about ten power plants every year. The registered projects include the power plants Andasol 3 and Ibersol, the project company Solar Millennium has announced. Now, Andasol 3 has to be completed within 36 months and Ibersol within 48 months in order to meet the registration conditions. Andasol 3 is already under construction and about 60,000 m2 of collector area have been completed. According to the Ministry's plan, solar thermal power plants with a peak capacity of 2,440 MW will be on-grid by the end of 2013. The installed solar thermal power generation capacity in Spain will then be about five times the capacity the Ministry of Industry has scheduled for 2010.

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