So, bearing in mind that solar radiation in the Basque Country is more diffuse than direct, although the region does not enjoy outstanding resources, it has enough to generate acceptable levels of electricity from photovoltaic panels and domestic hot water from low-temperature heat collectors.
Ente Vasco de la Energía (EVE) has helped promote solar facilities of this kind, through direct participation in investments and by supporting several aid programmes. As a result, there are now thousands of installations across the region using solar energy to produce electricity and hot water in all sectors (industry, services, government, residential, etc.).
Of these, the EKIAN project is particularly significant, given the positive impact of its installed capacity, its production level and its novel execution model.
A number of factors and aspects will make solar power a key vector in meeting energy and environmental targets in the coming decades. These include expectations surrounding new models of energy transition, as contained in all energy strategies; new legal frameworks increasingly better adapted to the use of renewables: the forecast technological development of this energy source in the future; increasing social acceptance; ease of installation on buildings and land; competitive prices and environment-friendliness.