Spanish govt greenlights subsidy pot for Canary Islands solar programme

Solar modules near garden. Featured Image: Jim Parkin/

June 24 (Renewables Now) - The Spanish government has approved a EUR-20-million (USD 22.5m) subsidy scheme to support the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity on the Canary Islands.

The SolCan programme for 2020 will spread the public funds across projects that are expected to bring 150 MW of PV power to the archipelago, the ministry for ecological transition said.

The ministry first announced the SolCan scheme this April, saying then it needed feedback from the Canary Islands administration and the renewable energy sector to structure the programme before submitting for the government approval.

In the latest update, it did not say when the call for tenders will be held.

SolCan will be third renewable energy programme organised specifically for Spain’s extra-peninsular territories. Its predecessors, EolCan, the call for wind projects on the Canary Islands, and SolBal, its solar equivalent on the Balearic Islands, together awarded funds for around 650 MW of new capacity.

The Balearic Islands government recently said the first of the 326 MW of the SolBal projects would come online by the end of 2020.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.128)

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