RES investor applications submitted to power grid operator IPTO for connection terms concerning wind and solar energy facilities already greatly exceed the grid’s planned capacity for 2030, by 10 GW, taking into account prospective grid infrastructure upgrades.
This excess capacity has prompted the energy ministry to consider suspending the submission of any new applications until authorities have found solutions to manage the accumulation of project applications already submitted.
IPTO has completed its assessment of applications concerning 2020 and has offered connection terms to successfully applicants.
The operator is now preparing to process applications lodged in 2021 and during the first quarter of 2022.
The current total capacity of RES projects, either already operating or which have received connection terms up until the end of 2020, is 19.6 GW.
Applications submitted in 2021 and so far in 2022, all of which need to be evaluated, represent a total capacity of 19 GW.
Greece’s updated National Energy and Climate Plan has projected an installed RES capacity of 25 GW by 2030.
Taking into account all grid expansion projects included in the ten-year investment plans of IPTO and DEDDIE/HEDNO, the distribution network operator, as well as national and transboundary grid interconnection plans, plus anticipated energy storage projects, the country’s RES capacity will reach a maximum of 28.5 GW in 2030.