Wind energy in Greece grew significantly in 2018, according to statistics released by the Greek Wind Association, ELETAEN.
More specifically, last year 103 new wind turbines were connected to the grid with a total capacity of 191.6 MW, which corresponds to an annual growth rate of 7.2% compared to the end of 2017.
Installations and manufacturers
During the same period, 15.43 MW of older wind turbines were uninstalled and they are already replaced by new ones (repowering). Thus, the total of wind capacity at the end of 2018 either in commercial or test operation stood at 2,828.5 MW. This capacity is installed mostly in the interconnected system (2,518.5 MW) and non-connected islands (310 MW of which 15.43 MW in repowering).
Geographically, Sterea Ellada remains at the top of wind installations with 907 MW (32%) and Peloponnese follows with 550 MW (19%), as well as Eastern Macedonia-Thrace with 375 MW (13%).
As for the companies, the first five are Terna Energy with 536.1 MW (19%), El.Tech.Anemos with 285.6 MW (10.1%), Iberdrola Rokas with 250.7 MW (8.9%), EDF EN Hellas with 238.2 MW (8.4%) and EREN with 210.9 MW (7.5%).
When it comes to the manufacturers, Vestas has supplied 52.5% of total wind capacity in Greece, Enercon has 22%, Siemens Gamesa 19% and Nordex 5.3%. Specifically for 2018, Vestas provided 78.2% of the systems, Enercon 15.5% and Siemens Gamesa 6.3%.
Furthermore, at the end of 2018 over 500 MW of new wind farms were under construction and are expected to operate within the next 18 months.
Ladakakos: Licensing must be simplified for wind energy
The radical simplification and redesign of the licensing process in wind energy are a basic prerequisite of the sector for 2019, as ELETAEN’s chairman, Panagiotis Ladakakos, said during its annual event.
Mr. Ladakakos noted during his speech that 2018 was a hallmark year. It was the year when the first tenders took place and the first projects with no Feed in Tariff operated. “The cycle we began 25 years ago, in 1994, closes”, he characteristically said. Mr. Ladakakos set the effort for a radical simplification and redesign of the licensing process as a priority for this year and he ended by saying:
“Our country’s vision must not simply be to ‘achieve the goals’. Our vision is to lead in Europe. To turn our country into a green energy exporter. To make use of our rich wind potential and contribute to the geostrategic upgrade of Greece in the energy game of the South-Southeast Mediterranean. With our powers we will try to serve that vision”.
During the celebratory event, the Aiolos awards were presented:
– To businessman Paris Mouratoglou of EREN Groupe for his contribution in developing wind energy and his commitment to realizing significant investments in our country. The award was already made by ELETAEN’s chairman in Paris.
– To professor Theodosios Tasios. Theodosios Tasios is a multi-faceted personality, whose knowledge, interests and interventions far exceed the limits of engineering and extend to ethics and philosophy. Through his rational intervening speech he systematically answers populist and technophobic cries against wind energy. The award was presented by ELETAEN’s general manager, Mr. Panagiotis Papastamatiou.
– To Giannis Koukis from Anypsotiki. It is a good example of a Greek company that beginning in our country showed significant extroversion and is now active in over 25 countries in the business of transferring and erecting wind turbines. The award was presented by the ministry’s advisor, Mr. Dimitris Tsekeris.
Offshore wind farms grew in Europe
New installations of 2,649 MW were added in Europe during 2018, a rise of 15.8%, according to WindEurope.
Now, the total capacity in Europe stands at 18,499 MW with 105 farms in 11 different countries.
As the association’s chairman, Gilles Dickson said, “technology continues to advance. Wind turbines are becoming larger and their cost continues to drop. It is no longer more expensive to build offshore wind farms than it is to build coal or gas plants”.
It is notable that the average capacity of each wind turbine rose last year to 6.8 MW or 15% more than 2017.