Central Greece, Thessaly, Central Macedonia and Eastern Macedonia Thrace are at the center of investment interest in the RES sector, gathering the vast majority of RES projects with license/producer certificate.
According to relevant RAE data presented by the President of the Authority, Athanasios Dagoumas at an event held in the context of the 86th International Exhibition of Thessaloniki, there are 5075 projects in the entire territory of the country, with a total capacity of 88.8GW and they are divided as follows by technology:
- Wind farms: 1835 farms, with a total capacity of 30.6 GW
- Photovoltaics: 2462 parks, with a total capacity of 55.8 GW
- Small Hydroelectric (SHP): 515 projects, with a total capacity of 1.03 GW
- Biomass: 55 projects, with a total capacity of 213.6 MW
- Geothermal: 1 project in the North Aegean, with a total capacity of 8 MW
- Hybrids: 171 projects, with a total capacity of 1.01 GW
- Solar thermal: 36 projects, with a total capacity of 138.5 GW
It is emphasized that these are investment projects that are in the first phase of maturation, having the relevant license/producer certificate, still mediating several important steps until their implementation. It is a given that not all of the mentioned projects will be implemented, but a small part of it.
Geographic dispersion based on population
Calculating based on the number of projects per geographical region, Central Greece is in first place with 1035 projects, followed by the “top 5”, Thessaly with 797 projects, Central Macedonia with 779 projects, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace with 607 projects and Western Macedonia with 544 projects.
…Based on the total power of RES projects
The ranking is different based on the total power of RES projects of all technologies, where the first place is occupied by Thessaly (due to the number of photovoltaics) with 19.4 GW, followed by Central Greece with 17.1 GW, Western Macedonia with 13.2 GW, Central Macedonia with 10.5 GW and Eastern Macedonia and Thrace with 10 GW.
The wind interest
Looking at the geographical dispersion by technology, the largest number of wind projects is recorded in the Central Greece region with 589 projects (8.2 GW) followed by Eastern Macedonia and Thrace with 326 projects (5.5 GW) and Western Greece with 123 projects (1.9 GW). Western Macedonia with 117 projects (2.0 GW), Central Macedonia with 108 projects (1.6 GW) and Crete with 100 projects (2.1 GW).
The photovoltaic interest
In the photovoltaic category, the “reins” are kept by the region of Thessaly, with a total of 616 projects with a total capacity of 17.3 GW. Followed by Central Macedonia with 572 projects (8.7), Central Greece with 360 projects (8.6 GW), Western Macedonia with 331 projects (10.9 GW), Eastern Macedonia and Thrace with 250 projects (4.3 GW) and Western Greece with 150 projects (2.9 GW).
Waiting for connection conditions
In addition, the following table shows the aggregated data regarding the completeness of requests for issuing a final offer of connection to ADMIE. In short, this means that 1,323 projects with a total capacity of 24.8 GW are awaiting the issuance of connection terms to go “on the grid”.
How is “green” production distributed?
Finally, in terms of the geographical distribution of RES System production, based on the monthly data published by ADMIE, Central Greece holds the reins, followed by Evia, the Peloponnese and Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Listed below are the relevant data for the period January – July 2022.