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Rooftop Solar Takes Off in Spain, Aiding Europe’s Bid to Shun Russian Gas

One of Europe’s sunniest countries is still far from a solar panel powerhouse, but now more than ever there are reasons that might be about to change. 

Engineers from Holaluz-Clidom SA prepare a residential solar panel installation in Toledo, Spain.

Engineers from Holaluz-Clidom SA prepare a residential solar panel installation in Toledo, Spain.

Photographer: Emilio Parra Doiztua/Bloomberg
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Solar energy installations on rooftops have been surging in Spain, giving more hope that at least one European country can speed up its transition away from gas power in the wake of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine.

Solar capacity on private properties increased 102% last year by 1.2 gigawatts, according to Spanish industry group UNEF. And there are indications this trend is continuing.