Spain Awards 4 Gigawatts Solar & 1 Gigawatt Wind In Renewables Auction

Published on July 28th, 2017 |

by Joshua S Hill

July 28th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill 

Spain’s energy ministry announced this week the full list of winners from its most recent renewables auction, which awarded a total of 5 gigawatts (GW) of capacity. The split ended up 4 GW for solar and over 1 GW for wind.

Spain’s Ministry of Energy, Tourism and the Digital Agenda Thursday announced the full list of winners (PDF, Spanish) for the country’s most recent renewable energy auction, which originally was set to be a 3 GW tender but ended up awarding a total of 5 GW, indicating pretty clearly how strong and competitive the bids were.

Further, this latest auction is likely to be much more appreciated by the country’s solar association, Unión Española Fotovoltaica (UNEF), which cried foul at this year’s earlier renewable auction, in which the majority of the awarded capacity was awarded to wind. They definitely had reason to be mildly upset, considering the rules of the auction stipulated that when there was a tie between a wind and solar bid for the maximum discount, the capacity would be awarded to the wind bid.

This time, the playing field had been leveled, and solar walked away with a total of 3,909 MW (megawatts) awarded, while wind took 1,128 MW. The full list of winners is as follows:

The amount of wind energy might have been smaller in this auction, but it brings the total amount awarded this year up to 4.1 GW for the year, and according to the Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE) will result in investments in excess of €4.5 billion and job creation of between 25,000–30,000 during construction.

“It is a positive signal for the wind industry, notably the Spanish supply chain,” added WindEurope Chief Policy Officer, Pierre Tardieu. “However, due to the four-year market standstill, we’re playing catch-up. The Spanish government is trying to deploy in the next three years what should have been done in seven. These types of stop-and-go policies are extremely disruptive for the wind supply chain which needs a stable calendar of tenders to thrive.”

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Joshua S Hill I'm a Christian, a nerd, a geek, and I believe that we're pretty quickly directing planet-Earth into hell in a handbasket! I also write for Fantasy Book Review (, and can be found writing articles for a variety of other sites. Check me out at for more.