March 24 (Renewables Now) - The global coronavirus pandemic is expected to delay services, orders and logistics in the wind power sector in Spain, but not completely halt activity, Spanish wind energy association AEE has said.
Spanish wind companies’ dependence on the European and global supply chain for raw materials and components is relative compared to some other, more exposed markets. However, as the coronavirus disease COVID-19 spreads across the world, certain delays are possible, according to the organisation.
The majority of ongoing wind projects in Spain do not have to meet specific deadlines, as was the case last year with commissioning of the capacity awarded in government renewable energy auctions. But some administrative and permitting procedures, such as filing for grid access or operation licences, may have to be restarted after the state of emergency is lifted, AEE says.
The organisation further states that it is trying to find solutions to keep the wind farm maintenance professionals safe. It believes that standardised criteria at the national level would make it easier to adopt measures for those who have to travel to facilities.
AEE also highlighted the opinion of trade body WindEurope, which expects the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on international supply chains to be moderate, and notes it is too early to predict its full extent.