Steps to process self-consumption in the community of neighbors

According to the Annual Report of the Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF), the photovoltaic sector has been consolidated in our country and 2022 (the last year included in the study) has been “the best in history.” In terms of self-consumption, it was “a record year with an increase of 108%” compared to 2021, which reached 2,507 MW installed.

And both the new regulations and the communities have become Let’s get to work to promote this type of energy supply which has notable advantages for the entire society.

Therefore, it is not surprising that more and more Neighbor communities who want to join this new type of collective self-consumption to take care, not only of their pockets, but also of the environment.

These are the steps to follow.

Seeking consensus

The first gesture that a community must do to begin the installation is put it to a vote by all the neighbors and approve it with a simple majority if the installation is to supply the communal areas (such as the elevator, the lights in the hallways or the urbanization…) or a third, if it is energy for the consumption of each home .

Once approved, the distribution agreement which establishes how the electrical energy produced by the panels will be distributed. You will also have to choose the type of self-consumption model you want: with or without surplus.

Next, interested neighbors must contact multiple installers and choose the one that best suits them, so that this is the one in charge of all the installation of the panels, access and connection permits, licenses and certifications such as the Electrical Installation Certificate (CIE), etc.

Due to the complications inherent to the process, the regulations provide for a new figure: that of the self-consumption manager. This is a professional who will be able to carry out this entire process in an agile manner and representing the community or neighbors interested in this form of energy generation.

All this information and much more can be found in the Collective Self-Consumption Guide which has been developed by the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE). This report is addressed to all citizens and is part of the Self-Consumption Roadmap outlined in the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.