• Spain’s Extremadura has proposed an energy and climate plan to become a climate neural region
  • It aims to become 100% renewable energy powered by 2030 with 10.36 GW of renewable energy capacity in addition to 800 MW of storage
  • Solar PV has been accorded the largest share of 8 GW under the plan that needs approval of the Extremadura Climate Change Observatory and environmental

Spain’s Extremadura region has come out with its own Integrated Energy and Climate Plan (Extremeno Integrado de Energia Y Clima (PEIEC)) for the period 2021 to 2030 under which it targets to achieve 10.36 GW of renewable energy capacity.

Solar PV will make up the lion’s share with 8 GW followed by 1.5 GW of thermoelectric, 660 MW of wind, 196 MW in biomass combustion and 4 MW of biogas. On top, storage will add 800 MW.

Significant deployment of solar PV panels for self-consumption will be pursued to reduce the residential segment’s gas emissions by 23%.

Extremadura’s Minister for Ecological Transition and Sustainability, Olga Garcia while presenting the PEIEC, called it a realistic and achievable document to meet the overall target of 100% renewable energy by 2030 in an effort for the region to become climate neutral, aligned with both the European Green Deal and the Spanish government’s Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan.

“We intend to separate economic growth from the increase in greenhouse gas emissions, which is why we present actions that range from the massive deployment of renewable generation technologies, for the clean production of electricity, to the electrification of more and more sectors of demand, and efficiency measures in buildings and industrial processes,” said Garcia.

Through the PEIEC, the government expects to create over 79,600 jobs for locals. The plan needs to be cleared by the Extremadura Climate Change Observatory and will likely come into force before the end of 2020.