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Portugal’s renewables production hit record in 2023

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Although solar PV’s annual production was about 3.58TWh, it grew by 43% year-on-year.

Portugal is ramping up its installed solar capacity. In its updated national energy and climate plan (NECP), Portugal targets an installed capacity of 20.4GW of solar PV by 2030. Three-quarters of the 20.4GW solar PV capacity target would come from utility-scale projects (14.9GW), while the remaining 5.5GW is expected to be from self-consumption solar or near-site consumption (decentralised solar in the draft document).

The new target more than doubles the previous national plan which was expected to reach 9GW of solar PV by 2030. 

PV Tech reported that permitting issues were one of its main barriers in the Portuguese solar PV market. Panellists during last year’s Large Scale Solar Europe event discussed the future of the Portuguese solar market which had made several regulatory improvements – including less tight environmental assessments for projects of up to 100 hectares – in order to help accelerate the deployment of solar PV.

PV Tech publisher Solar Media will be organising the 12th annual edition of Large Scale Solar Europe in Lisbon, Portugal, 26-27 March. The event will explore the solar manufacturing future in Europe, with panels on several markets including Italy, Ireland and Czechia as well as permitting and planning bottlenecks among others. More information, including how to attend, can be read here.

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