Solar Power Subsidy

Making your home greener here in Mallorca is a little bit easier and a little cheaper thanks to government subsidies for the installation of solar panels. The grant is 50% of the cost for individuals, with a maximum of 1,500 € per kWp installed. The subsidy is valid for homes connected to the grid as well as unconnected homes and the deadline is 30th August.  

If form filling and document finding is not your thing, read the following with an open mind and remember that getting solar panels on your Mallorcan home can only be a good thing – renewable energy is, after all, the future. In a nutshell, a successful application process will follow these steps:

  • Apply for a grant before any work is carried out – deadline 30 August
  • The Administration will send acceptance and indicate the amount you will receive
  • Complete the installation and send proof of payment to the administration – deadline 17 November (you need to fill in the Memòria econòmica)
  • The administration will pay the agreed amount into your bank account (you will need this form Sol·licitud de pagament)

Sounds good so far. So, let’s tackle the first part, the actual application. Bear with…
The grant is for up to 3kWp solar panels in homes that are located in the Balearics. For connected properties you need:

  • Annex I: Application form (the Modelo para solicitar la ayuda
  • Annex II: Description of technical data (your solar panel supplier will help you with this) (the Descripción de datos técnicos)
  • Photocopy of your NIE (Residencia)
  • Detailed quote from your solar panel supplier 
  • Copy of your last electric bill
  • Copy of your request to the distribution company for the connection point (an email or letter)

For unconnected properties you need:

  • Annex I: Application form (the Modelo para solicitar la ayuda
  • Annex II: Description of technical data (your solar panel supplier will help you with this) (the Descripción de datos técnicos)
  • Photocopy of your NIE (Residencia)
  • Detailed quote from your solar panel supplier 
  • Valid Cedula de habitabilidad (Certificate of Habitation, proving that the house is ready to be lived in)

The forms are relatively simple and a good Spanish friend can help you if your not sure of the language. Your solar panel supplier will also be able to help. The one hurdle is getting an electricity company to respond in a timely fashion and agree to the connection. However, just the proof of request is all you need for the application. Also, ask your solar panel supplier who might be able to help you with this. Invariably they will have contacts who are well versed in the process and know who best to deal with. It seems that the move to solar energy is a little behind when compared with the UK, especially given how much sun there is in Spain, but the renewable energy industry is optimistic that it is moving in the right direction and in the long run getting solar panels will help you cut costs. Tolo Marqués Planas of Totsol told TOTN that, “it may seem complicated but the direction is clear. This is the future of energy in Spain.” He continued, “Having solar panels in your home makes you much more aware of your consumption and just by being in control of it, you can cut consumption considerably.”

In terms of installation cost, it is very hard to make a guess. Tolo told TOTN that he has to make an individual study of each house and the family’s consumption, only then can he install the right-sized panels with the right system. With batteries in place, if you use 100% of the power stored then it is cost-effective. It may be a few years until you make the money back, however, the law will soon catch up and in time it will take fewer years to make the return.


For more information from Tolo at Totsol visit www.energiasolarmallorca-totsol.com. To start the application visit www.caib.es/seucaib/es/tramites/tramite/2636985/ 

Please note the links are for forms from the official government website. They can change so please check against the application page when you make the actual application.