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New Regulation Of Energy Self-Consumption In Spain

New Regulation Of Energy Self-Consumption In Spain

After the repeal of the "Sun Tax", a new regulation has been promoted for producers and self-consumers of photovoltaic solar energy. In this article we will review the keys of this new legislation and we will reveal what is the ideal light rate for self-consumers of photovoltaic solar energy

The rate of self-consumers

Many people mistakenly think that once the solar panels are installed, it is never necessary to be connected to the electricity grid. Nothing is further from the reality, since to make this possible it is necessary to have batteries that accumulate the energy generated during the day to be able to use it at night, since it is the moment in which the photovoltaic panels do not generate energy when they do not capture light solar. Because of the high costs of these batteries, for the moment, most self-consumers are connected to the electricity grid and must contract electricity and / or gas tariffs. But what rate of light to hire?

One of the most convenient rates for most consumers is the PVPC (Voluntary Price to Small Consumer) rate of the regulated market, in which the State, through the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade, sets the price of electricity based on to the result of the auction of the wholesale electricity market. This rate usually improves the prices of any offer in the free market. In addition, its modality with hourly discrimination is ideal for self-consumers, since this rate establishes a price for the lowest kWh at night, in exchange for uploading it during the day. The self-consumers can use the energy produced by their solar panels during the day, and at night use the electric network at the lowest price. 

The only drawback is that the tariff can only be offered by eight reference marketers (COR) appointed by the State . Nowadays it is very easy to contract these rates with a simple call or through internet. However, for those who prefer a more personalized treatment, the reference marketer has commercial offices from where they provide a customer service. 

5 keys of the new rules of self-consumption

Below we explain the 5 keys of the new regulation that regulates self-consumption:

  • End of the sun tax: there will be no more fees for using solar energy.
  • Discounts on bills: self-consumers who pour the surplus energy produced in the electricity grid, will have an equivalent discount for their consumption on their next electricity bill. 
  • Possibility of sharing: the communities of neighbors, associations of consumers or joint companies in an industrial estate, may share the benefits of a photovoltaic plant in common and distribute them as they prefer.
  • Exploitation of third parties: companies will be able to exploit the photovoltaic plate plants of third companies, and share the benefits produced by solar energy.
  • Suppression of limits: until now only the contracted electrical power could be installed. From now on, for example on the roof, any electric power can be installed without any limit. 
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