Spain Privatizes The Sun: Issues Heavy Penalties For Collecting Sunlight

24 Jul


Note: this article has been shortened and cleaned up slightly from its original English translation – Earth First! Newswire

SPAIN – If you get caught collecting photons of sunlight for your own use you can drop a fine not exceeding 30 million.

So if you were thinking that the best option was just to have some solar panels that were down 80% in cost and have the opportunity to disconnect from the mains and your bill scam, you can forget about it.

With the terror of “destabilized” power consumption, sometime in 2010 someone has decided to privatize the sun …. yes you read that right: Spain, unlike the rest of Europe, levies a toll on electricity generated and injected to the line.

Committing the sacrilege of being energy independent can be very expensive, and the sun now is only for the privileged few and the power companies. The ”Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF ), which brings together some 300 companies representing 85% of the industry, ensures that these changes would be more expensive than resorting to conventional supply.


7 Responses to “Spain Privatizes The Sun: Issues Heavy Penalties For Collecting Sunlight”

  1. herzmeister July 27, 2013 at 3:48 am #

    “Privatize” is the wrong word here though. When I collect sunlight with my own panels, I have also “privatized” it.

    Better words would be corporatized, cartelized, monopolized etc

  2. guyjames23 July 28, 2013 at 5:53 am #

    Unfortunately this is typical behaviour of the current mafia running Spain.

    “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.” – Benito Mussolini.

  3. Sepp Hasslberger July 28, 2013 at 11:47 am #



    What does the law say, when was it passed … or are we just talking for the sake of talking… let’s see the proof for this piece of news.

  4. Ariel July 29, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    Your’e confusing Privatization with nationalization…. oO

  5. Mitchell McCreath July 29, 2013 at 6:28 am #

    Is this a joke?

  6. Juan July 30, 2013 at 4:01 am #

    No, sadly not a joke…
    In Spain. Two formers presidents of the country (Aznar and Felipe González) are now employers of two of the biggest electric and gas companies (Endesa and Gas Natural), both privatized electric public companies.

    Now, we have one of the most expensive electricity in the world, nevertheless, the state has 24 billion fake debt with electric companies.

    The new law determines 27% increment in electric prices for domestic consumer and a new tax for electric solar producer called “tarifa de respaldo”, that doubles the amortization times.

    The law:

  7. Seamus August 7, 2013 at 5:42 pm #


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