Spain has approved the first of four norms necessary to carry out a major renewable energy tender, but the size of capacity available remains in doubt.

The Council of Ministers has approved a Royal Decree calling for the tendering of up to 3GW of renewables in a technology neutral auction for projects to be located on the Spanish peninsula.

However, Daniel Perez, legal counselor at the Holaluz utility firm, told PV Tech that the regulations and requirements are still to be decided by a Ministerial Order and two resolutions must be approved by the Secretary of State for Energy.

Indeed the draft Resolution states that even though there is a maximum of 3GW, the government plans to use just 2GW.

Perez said: “It is likely they will approve the draft that they have sent with very little changes.”

At the end of last year, energy minister Alvaro Nadal said that the auctions will be carried out in the first semester of 2017. The Ministry of Energy and Tourism had also directed that it would carry out a renewable energy auction for Spanish islands in the first quarter of 2017.

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