21 Jan, 2012 @ 10:00
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Selling the Spanish sun

SOLAR panel owners could soon be flogging the electricity they create to energy companies.

Those connected to Endesa’s electricity supply whose panels absorb more energy than they use will be able to inject the surplus back into the grid – and later have its value deducted from their bill.

“We are currently developing a way of netting energy, to enable people to sell to the grid the difference between the energy they consume and that which they produce,” said Isabel de Haro from the Andalucian Energy Agency.

And the facts do seem to speak for themselves.

A well-placed five kilowatt-hour (kWh) solar panel installation can create up to 7,500 kWh annually – based on an average of 1,500 hours of Andalucian sunshine per year.

With users only likely to consume half of that, it makes perfect sense for that energy to be sold and used by other consumers.

The exciting new development is set to come into effect in 2013.

Eloise Horsfield

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  1. In March 2004 the Spanish Government passed a law regarding “Feeding Solar Energy” into the grid …..

    never really worked because ?????

    Well maybe because this is Spain ?

    Anyway, a fantastic, if not exactly new idea …..

  2. Another example of Spain being 10 years behind everyone else! They’ve been doing this in the UK and other countries for ages! Come on Spain, it’s the 21st century – catch up!

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