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Spain unblocks 27.9 GW renewable capacities in January

The Spanish ministry for the ecological transition reviewed environmental impact studies for 35.8 GW of renewable energy projects ahead of the legal deadline on January 25, giving its approval to 27.9 GW from this group.

In a press release on Tuesday, the ministry said it had evaluated 202 files and found that 154 of the projects deserved a favorable environment impact assessment (EIA), 36 received an unfavorable EIA, while the proceedings for the remaining 12 was terminated.

The figures are different from those widely reported by the media in Spain, which stated that the ministry issued 170 favorable EIAs, 22 unfavorable ones and terminated nine in the accelerated effort to overcome the paperwork bottleneck and approve proposals for hundreds of renewables before January 25.

According to the official tally, 35,879 MW of projects were evaluated by the ministry. Of those, 27,943 MW received a favorable EIA, which enables them to move forward with the permitting process. In this group are 132 solar PV projects totalling 24,752 MW, 20 wind projects total of 2,897 MW and two hybrid projects with 294 MW combined.

If they successfully complete the remaining permitting procedures, these renewables will pop up all over mainland Spain except in the northern region of Asturias, according to the ministry’s map.

The ministry for the ecological transition is in charge of issuing permits for energy projects of 50 MW and above, those that will have infrastructure cross borders of autonomous regions and those sited in Spain’s territorial waters. The full results of how much renewables were green-lit by regional governments across the mainland and the islands of Spain, which process permits for projects of below 50 MW, have not yet been released.


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