The Madrid Province joins the group of Spanish Autonomous Communities that have adapted the regional urban planning laws to the reality of self-consumption. From now on, these types of facilities in the region will be processed through the responsible declaration, which considerably speeds up administrative processing, as indicated in the Spanish Photovoltaic Union, UNEF.
“We want to congratulate the government of Madrid for having made this important decision. Improving the agility of procedures is, at this time more than ever, key to reactivate the activity of the entire network of freelancers and companies that can make self-consumption one more way of economic recovery and job creation in the municipalities after the current crisis due to COVID-19, in addition to ensuring better access to the prices of electricity for consumers, cheap and respectful with the environment “, has pointed out José Donoso, general director of UNEF.
The qualification of the Land Law of the Community of Madrid through the publication in the BOCM of Order 1110/2021, of October 7, from the Ministry of the Environment, Housing and Agriculture, replaces the municipal building license with a responsible declaration. This makes it possible to unify criteria between the different administrations and simplify the administrative process for the implementation of facilities for the use of solar energy for self-consumption on buildings or constructions.
UNEF has stated that it will continue working to facilitate the access of this type of facilities to final consumers, with the aim of guaranteeing stability in the photovoltaic sector, being today the most economical and ecological way of producing electricity.
Thus, thanks to the work carried out by UNEF, an association that represents 90% of the sector, in Madrid, prior communication will replace the building license, a procedure that does not conform to the nature of an installation on a roof and that entails delays of up to eight months in the processing of the project. The building permit has an impact on the cost of the installation and discourages citizens who want to bet on self-consumption to reduce their electricity bill and contribute to the fight against climate change.
Thus, Madrid becomes part of the twelve Autonomous Communities They have eliminated this procedure, which has become the main barrier for the development of photovoltaic self-consumption and the installation of renewable energies in municipalities.
UNEF recalls the need to simplify, digitize and standardize administrative procedures at the regional and local level, denouncing that there are currently Autonomous Communities that require different processes to process a self-consumption facility. Eliminating these administrative barriers is essential for self-consumption to contribute, together with photovoltaic plants on the ground, to meeting the objective set by the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (PNIEC) and for there to be a faster recovery and less destruction of job.