Net metering for medium-voltage PV systems set to start

HEDNO, the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator, is expected to launch its net metering plan for medium-voltage PV systems any day now, energypress sources have informed.

The net metering plan enables electricity consumers who generate their own power from an eligible on-site facility and deliver it to local distribution facilities to offset the electric energy provided by the utility during an applicable billing period.

The operator is believed to be fully prepared to take on net metering applications for the medium-voltage PV category. Net metering applications for this category will need to be submitted at regional HEDNO offices, not local outlets.

HEDNO had begun accepting low-voltage net metering applications in early May. Following an enthusiastic early response, the strong flow of applications slowed down drastically with the arrival of capital controls, imposed in late June. The majority of low-voltage applications submitted to date concern businesses consuming large amounts of electricity, such as hotels and bakeries.

The imminent net metering initiative for the medium-voltage category will also need to confront tight market conditions caused by the capital controls, still intact.

Investors equipped with PV systems for medium-voltage interconnections to the grid may connect as much as 50 percent of their permitted capacities for net metering, 500 KW being the maximum level allowed. As for medium-voltage PV systems at non-interconnected islands, the maximum level has been set at 20 KW, except for Crete, where net metering connections of up to 50 KW will be permitted.