Solar Power

Spain Set to Cut Solar Energy Subsidies

Those who invested heavily may end up getting screwed

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Juan Antonio Cabrero is bracing for the savings he invested in a solar-energy farm in northern Spain to disappear into light.

In 2008 Mr. Cabrero put up his €20,000 ($26,200) life savings and took on a €80,000 bank loan to buy part of the solar farm, pledging his home in nearby Tafalla as a guarantee. Spain's government was promising more than two decades of large subsidies to spur the growth of solar energy, and Mr. Cabrero thought his investment would safely provide a nest egg for his planned retirement in 2018.

Now, because of cuts in renewable-energy subsidies the government is said to be planning, the 60-year-old Mr. Cabrero may lose both his savings and his house.

"I feel cheated, misled and assaulted by my own government," said Mr. Cabrero, who works in sales for a company that builds hybrid-electric buses. "I never would have done this if I had known what would happen."