Solar Industry in Spain by Markel Redondo
Spain is a world leader in wind and solar power technology, achieving 12% of its primary energy from renewable sources by 2010, with the aim of reaching 20% by 2020. Spain is the fourth largest manufacturer in the world of solar power technology and accounts for 40% of the world’s solar installations. Despite the economic downturn, lower manufacturing costs mean that in the longer term solar energy production could match the output of fossil fuels.
Redondo photographs some of the vast solar plants across different regions of Spain creating beautiful, arresting and visually informative images from land and air. He also photographs small-scale community usage. Enough solar energy falls on the earth’s surface in 20 minutes to meet the planet’s annual energy needs. Redondo says: “Our reliance on fossil fuels is increasingly unsustainable as resources deplete and costs soar and the negative effects of climate change are being experienced globally. Development and investment in renewable resources is essential to reduce CO2 emissions, whilst creating sustainable energy production for our future.”