Spain's solar betrayal

The Spanish government proposes to make consumers pay for the power they generate and use themselves, tripling the payback time for solar. Elsewhere, China commits $300bn to clean energy and EU carbon rises.

A proposal by Spain to make consumers pay for the clean power they generate and use themselves has roiled the industry. The draft bill is currently being reviewed by the country’s energy regulator CNE, which accepted feedback until July 30.

The unprecedented move will make self-generated solar power dearer than electricity from the grid. “The decree is an attack to market freedom that aims to prevent people from competing with established utilities. It’s like if they charged you when you turn off electric heaters and use a wood stove,” said Jose Donoso, managing director of Spain’s solar lobby group UNEF.

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