LAGGING BEHIND ?
Spain is trailing behind Germany , Europe ’s current solar energy leader,
where 5.4 million sq metres of solar panels are currently in use. But surprisingly
even though Spain is one of the worlds leading PV manufacturers (BP Solar have
a large manufacturing capacity in Spain fro example), it is not one of the leaders
in utilizing this technology in it’s construction or energy industry.
According to some estimates, installation of solar panels in 3.5 million dwellings
built in the past five years in Spain would have yielded a fuel cost saving of €245
Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and his Socialist
Government, are planning to increase by 10 times the area (sq M) of solar panels
in use in Spain by the year 2010, from the present number of 581,000 sq metres.
Señor Montilla promised subsidies to encourage further take-up of solar
panels and to ease the financial pain of the new measure, but he did not give
any more details on this.
Sources taken from reading the Times.