Operational support for RES and High efficiency CHP plants through competitive processes

Operational support for RES and High-efficiency CHP plants

Modification of the ministry decision ΑΤΕΕΚ / Α / Φ1 / οικ.184573 / 13.12.2017 (Government Gazette Β ‘4488) of the ministerial decision “Determination of technologies and / or categories of power plants from RES. and CHP plants which qualify as an operating aid in the form of Operational Assistance through a competitive bidding process, designation of competitive tendering procedures as technology neutral or non-tech and setting out a methodology and a power sharing procedure to participate in competitive bidding procedures for A- PE and CHPs which are located in countries within the European Economic Area under the condition of an active cross-border trade in energy with them, based on paragraph 2 of article 7 of the 4414/2016.

The operational support of RES and CHP plants through competitive procedures is an implementation under the new support scheme for power plants from Renewable Energy Sources and Cogeneration of High Efficiency and Heat as set out in Law 4414/2016.

The Ministerial Decision no. ΑΠΕΕΚ / Α / Φ1 / οικ. 172858 (Government Gazette B / 1263 / 10.04.2018) brings about significant modifications of the initial decision ΑΠΕΕΚ / Α / Φ1 / οικ.184573 which is in force since December 2017. The main changes in the Operational support for RES and CHP include:

Introduction of scaling to the maximum and minimum production limits of the systems

The Ministerial Decision no. ΑΠΕΕΚ / Α / Φ1 / οικ. 172858 brings an amendment to paragraph 1 of Article 3 of the original decision. With this amendment the integrated systems for the production of electricity from RES. and CH.H.Y.A. to an operating aid scheme are now as follows:

Wind power stations


Wind power plants with a power generation capacity greater than 3 MW and less than or equal to 50 MW.

Wind power plants with a maximum power output of more than 50 MW.

Photovoltaic stations


Photovoltaic stations with an installed capacity of 500 kW or more and less than or equal to 1 MW


Photovoltaic plants with an installed capacity of more than 1 MW and less than or equal to 20 MW


Photovoltaic plants with an installed capacity of more than 20 MW

System assemblies with a common connection point

Groups of at least two (2) wind farms with a common point of connection to the System or a Maximum Power Generation Network of more than 50 MW.

Groups of at least two (2) photovoltaic stations having a common point of connection to the System or the Installed Power Network of more than 20 MW.

Groups of at least one (1) wind and one (1) photovoltaic plant having a common point of connection to the System or the Maximum Power Generation Network of more than 50 MW.

Elimination of specific eligibility and evaluation criteria for fast licensing PV plants

Until the decision was passed with No. ΑΠΕΕΚ / Α / Φ1 / οικ. 172858 and in accordance with article 7 of Law 4414/2016, the following provisions were made:

“For the photovoltaic power plants that have been included in the Rapid Licensing Procedure of Article 9 of Law 3775/2009 (A 122) and the photovoltaic power plants that have been included in the Strategic Investments Procedures of Law 3894/2010 ( A 204), following a decision of the Minister of Environment and Energy, a special framework for participation in competitive bidding procedures is established.

In the specific context, the participation of the photovoltaic plants referred to in the preceding paragraph may be specified in these procedures as a separate category, specific criteria for participation and specific assessment criteria in those procedures, the size of the auctioned power reserved for those installations, exceeds 300MW by 2020, and any other relevant issue. “

This is not foreseen in this Decision. Instead, the aforementioned photovoltaic stations of this category will participate in the Operational support of RES and CHP plants with the competitive tendering procedures based on the category to which they belong as defined in the decision.

Forecast for Energy Communities Stations

The stations belonging to the Energy Communities of L.4513 / 2018 (Government Gazette A 9) are now included. For these stations, however, different limits apply to the category of wind power systems.

The threshold for maximum power output is set at 6 MW instead of 3 MW, which is for non-energy stations.

Also, photovoltaic stations with installed capacity of 500 kW or less and equal to 1 MW belonging to the Energy Communities of L.4513 / 2018 (Government Gazette A 9) are not necessarily included in a support scheme in the form of Operational Aid through a competitive submission procedure tenders.

Photovoltaic plants with an installed capacity of 500 kW or less and less than or equal to 1 MW belonging to the Energy Communities of L.4513 / 2018 (Government Gazette A 9) and photovoltaic plants with an installed capacity of less than 500 kW may participate in competitive submission procedures tenders involving photovoltaic plants of category (c).

The competitive tendering procedures to be carried out for the integration of power plants from RES and CHP plants in support form in the form of Operating Assistance are classified as technology-specific. In particular, competitive bidding procedures will be carried out specifically for:

  • Wind power plants with a maximum output of more than 3 MW and less than or equal to 50 MW and wind farms belonging to Energy Communities with a maximum generation power greater than 6 MW and less than or equal to 50 MW,
  • Photovoltaic stations with an installed capacity of 500 kW or more and less than or equal to 1 MW,
  • Photovoltaic power stations with an installed capacity of more than 1 MW and less than or equal to 20 MW.

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