Greece is preparing a new institutional framework for offshore wind energy. The new law will cover segments like licensing, locations and interconnections with the mainland grid .
Public consultation on the matter concludes next week and a final proposal to the Greek government is expected in the
Greece’s National Energy and Climate Plan envisages 7 GW of wind energy in the country by 2030. Currently the country has 4 GW of wind energy installed, all onshore, covering 12% of its electricity demand.
“We have made a proposal to kick start the development of Greece’s offshore wind energy capacity in the short term. The development of 1-3 large scale commercial projects of up to 500 MW each would contribute tremendously to attract investors to Greece” CEO of Hellenic Wind Energy Association (HWEA), Panagiotis Papastamatiou, said in an interview at Greece Investor Guide.
According to WindEurope (Europe’s wind industry representative body), the potential for wind energy in Greece is much bigger, especially for offshore wind. The deep waters in Greece mean floating wind could be key for exploiting the offshore wind resource.
In the meantime, Terna Energy has announced that it expands its activities in the field of floating photovoltaic (FVP) plants.
The company submitted to RAE (Greece’s Regulatory Authority for Energy) applications for the issuance of a producer certificate for (3) three floating photovoltaic (FPV) systems:
– 120 MW in the Artificial Reservoir of Kastraki
– 103 MW in the Artificial Reservoir of Pournari
– 42 MW in the Artificial Army Reservoir
The investment will exceed 170 million Euros. Total capacity of the plants will reach 265 MW.
Terna Energy notes that the three FPV systems concern locations outside “Natura” areas and provide for a coverage rate not exceeding 5.5%, in accordance with the International Sustainability Practices.