The energy sector is responsible for 23% of the CO2 emitted, which is why, in order to combat climate change, we must imminently take the step towards sustainable energies. My proposal for Europe and mainly Spain, is towards photovoltaic self-consumption.
Let's start by defining what self-consumption is. Photovoltaic self-consumption is the one in which the facilities are designed so that the electrical energy is consumed by the user population. This definition is useful both for isolated installations that are not connected to the electricity grid, which store energy in batteries, and for those installations connected to the grid, in which their objective is not to sell energy to the grid, but rather to satisfy the demand for electricity instantaneously and use the electrical network as a support.
The implementation and development of photovoltaic solar power plants in Spain has been made possible by the European Union's policies to promote renewable energies, in addition to the ideal weather conditions that our country enjoys. The Renewable Energy Plans and the support measures for this technology by the political class contributed especially to its exponential growth during the second half of the first decade of the 21st century. Subsequently, the arrival of a new regulation led to the containment and almost paralysis of the sector until today. At this time, a stage of development is being experienced as a result of the new commitment to renewable energies to comply with community guidelines and the development of self-consumption.
The relevance of solar self-consumption is justifiable because balancing economic growth with environmental management has become a major challenge in today's society.
It is time to join a resilient growth with low carbon emissions, addressing climate change, environmental damage and social inequalities, with a clear commitment to sustainable development.
The EU itself assures that the measures adopted are insufficient to achieve the objectives, in addition to recognizing the lack of coordination on the part of the Member States.
Additionally, the process of buying a photovoltaic installation is difficult and expensive. This is due to the digital obsolescence of the majority of the installer population. This added to the high price of electricity in Spain, taking into account the great concern that exists in society about climate change, makes renewable energies a key factor and with a projection of potential growth in the short term.
It is time for a change or the damage would be irreparable.