Spain has embarked on an aggressive plan to overhaul its electricity grid to wholly rely on renewable energy by 2050.
In addition, the country also aims to completely de-carbonize – or eliminated the gaseous carbon compounds released into the environment – soon after its 100 percent renewable energy goal. The proposed climate change and energy transition law would cut the greenhouse gas emissions by 90 percent from 1990 levels.
As part of this massive energy system overhaul, the country would install at least 3,000 megawatts of wind and solar generation capability every year during the next decade. Part of the plan would include shutting most Spanish coal mines, but the proposed legislation doesn’t establish a date for the phase out of coal.
As another measure that will help reach the goal, government entities will only be allowed to lease buildings with near-zero energy consumption.
And for a benchmark, the plan calls for using renewable energy for 35 percent of the country’s energy by 2030.