Government speeds solar project licence process
Portugal’s government has approved amendments to existing laws to help in its planned auction of 1.35 GW of solar capacity.
Minister of Environment and Energy Transition said that he hopes to see €6 billion of investment in solar power by 2030.
Minister João Pedro Matos Fernandes said that such an investment would aid the government’s plans for Portugal’s carbon-neutrality by 2050, with 80% of electricity to be derived from renewable energy sources by 2030.
The government aims to hold an auction for large-scale projects, with feed-in premium tariffs – and an auction for smaller installations, including rooftop PV systems, on a fixed tariff.
Expresso reported that the government may face complaints from photovoltaic park developers who have not yet secured production licences, even though their projects are nearly built.