Portugal is gradually and continuously reducing its dependence on fossil-based energy sources. while increasing its investment in renewable energy (Renewable energy sources), solar at the top: the latter is at the heart of the new National Plan (a this link see the first draft).
end of 2022 The cumulative PV capacity of Portugal has reached 2.59 GW, with growth exceeding that of all other renewable energy sources. The latest stats from General Directorate of Energy and Geology of Portugal (DGEG) also show that in the first quarter of 2023 The country has added 118 MW of new solar capacity.
As the industry grows The Portuguese government has increased the planned solar quota for 2030 by 11.4 GW and aims to achieve 20.4 GW of installed capacity in solar systems over the next seven years (14.9 GW for large-scale plants and 5.5 GW for distributed generation): In this way, according to company management forecasts, By 2026, 80% of energy needs will be covered by renewable energy, reaching 85% in the following four years.
The government added New plants may not take up more than 0.4% of the state area and that the communities affected by the construction of solar farms are involved, consulted and eventually compensated.
It has found its place on the executive branch’s agenda also improving permitting procedures and streamlining the formation of energy communities and new financial incentives.