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Increase in NET METERING Power Limits throughout the Territory and Crete

Increase in NET METERING Power Limits throughout the Territory and Crete
07 Sep 2021

The limits are increasing from 1 MW to 3 MW!
Home power plants up to 10.8kW without paperwork!
By decision of the Minister of Environment and Energy, Kostas Skrekas, the power limit for the installation of RES stations for the application of energy compensation or virtual energy compensation (net metering) in the interconnected network and in Crete is increased from 1 MW to 3 MW. Increasing the power limit enables industry and other energy-intensive activities to meet their needs with green energy, reducing their costs and reducing their environmental footprint.
The Ministerial Decision (Government Gazette 3971/B/30-08-2021) provides for the following:
Increase of net metering power limits throughout the Territory and Crete
– The limits are increased from 1 MW to 3 MW throughout the Territory.
– The limits are also increased in Crete from 1MW to 3MW, since it has now joined the interconnected network.
– In the electronic system of Rhodes, the power limits are increased from 500 kW to 1 MW for stations installed by Energy Communities.
– Power limits are increased from 300 kW to 500 kW for stations installed by legal entities of public or private law, pursuing public benefit or other purposes of public interest.
Simplification of licensing process
– For power stations up to 10.8kW for three-phase supplies and up to 5kW for single-phase supplies, the possibility of connection with the actions of the interested party and a simple update of the DEDDIE is foreseen. With this arrangement, the installation of small photovoltaic plants, such as those placed on the roofs of houses and commercial buildings, is accelerated.
– Clear and exclusive deadlines are given to self-producers regarding the duration of validity of their connection offers and potential projects, but also to DEDDIE regarding the time of construction and completion of the required connection projects.
– For requests related to energy compensation, DEDDIE examines the request and within one month of the submission of the request formulates a connection offer.
– For requests related to virtual energy netting, the deadline for formulating a connection offer from DEDDIE is submitted within two months.
– The validity period of the connection offer is set at 12 months if no work is required on High and Medium Voltage substations, and at 24 months if work is required on the construction of a new or expansion of a High or Medium Voltage substation.
– It is possible to grant a connection offer, provided that no energy is injected into the network, in order to deal with cases where the local networks are saturated and it becomes impossible to install and connect RES stations.
– The procedure for connecting solar energy offset plants of up to 50 kW is simplified, abolishing the granting of a connection offer as required by the relevant European directive.
- For the connection of these stations, the interested party informs DEDDIE by submitting all the required supporting documents and the Administrator in turn must respond within 15 days regarding the acceptance or rejection of the requested connection.
- In case of acceptance, DEDDIE sends a signed Connection Agreement with detailed details of the connection costs, the required projects and the time of their implementation and the interested party has 60 days to sign the Agreement and pay the required expenses. Otherwise, DEDDIE informs the interested party of the reasons for rejection.
– For the cases of application of virtual energy compensation by Public or Private Legal Entities pursuing public benefit or other purposes of public interest, Energy Communities, General Sanitary Improvement Organizations and for Local Sanitary Improvement Organizations, the limitation of one generating station per independent property is lifted.

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