Spain setting a lead

Is anyone taking this climate change business seriously?

Spain might be.

The government has promised to achieve 12 per cent of energy from renewables by 2010 and unlike a number of other countries, it looks likely to achieve that target. It already generates almost third of its electricity from wind power and has an installed solar generating capacity of 400 megawatts. It has introduced feed-in tariffs to encourage homeowners to install solar panels.

In 2005, it became the first country in the world to require the installation of photovoltaic electricity generation in new buildings, and the second after Israel to require the installation of solar hot water.

Some regions of Spain are aiming to be 100 per cent renewably powered in the near future – the northern provinces of Castilla y Leon, La Rioja, Navarra, Aragon and Galicia all generate more than half their electricity from renewables.


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    gerenton said,

    Spain is maybe taking the climate change seriously. But the real thing is the Spanish will pay for it. A lot.

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