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Spain’s Rooftop Solar Grows Tenfold Amid Surging Energy Prices

  • Government studies installing panels on public buildings
  • Expansion consolidates a trend already ongoing in the country
Engineers install solar panels onto the roof of a residential property in Barcelona, Spain.

Engineers install solar panels onto the roof of a residential property in Barcelona, Spain.

Photographer: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg

Rooftop solar power has expanded wildly in Spain this year amid soaring costs for other forms of energy, accelerating a growth trend in the sun-drenched nation. 

Installations have increased by 10 times so far in 2022, Spanish Environmental Transition Minister Teresa Ribera said in an interview with local broadcaster TV3. Compared to 2018, the country recorded a 410% increase, said Ribera, who’s also in charge of its energy policy.