Photovoltaic panels

Currently, photovoltaic panels are the fastest developing energy sector. These systems directly convert solar radiation into electricity and are considered ideal energy conversion systems because they use the most widely available energy source on the planet to produce electricity, namely, the sun.

Share this

Applications

There are various photovoltaic system applications, addressed to both individuals and companies. Photovoltaic panels can be installed

  • There are various photovoltaic system applications, addressed to both individuals and companies. Photovoltaic panels can be installed
  • on land (parks or fields);
  • on professional and industrial roofs.

Advantages - Environmental Benefits

Solar energy exploitation through photovoltaic panels has significant advantages:

  • zero pollution;
  • silent operation;
  • reliability and long life cycle (more than 30 years);
  • independence as regards fuel supply for remote areas;
  • minimal maintenance;
  • the substitution of polluting fuels with photovoltaic panels implies lower emissions of other dangerous pollutants (such as suspended micro-particles, nitrogen oxides, sulphur compounds etc);
  • each kWH produced by photovoltaic systems, and therefore not conventional fuels, prevents the emission of about one kilogramme of CO2 into the atmosphere. One kW produced by photovoltaic panels prevents the emission of 1.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. Two thousand square metres – about 100 trees - are required to absorb this quantity of carbon dioxide.

Institutional Framework

A specific legal framework is in place for investments in photovoltaic systems, with a simplified licensing procedure. The sale price per kWh produced by photovoltaic parks is guaranteed for 20 years, while for residential photovoltaic systems price is guaranteed for 25 years.

For general information about photovoltaic parks and photovoltaic roofs, interested parties can contact the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (RES department), HELAPCO and CRES.
For the licensing of photovoltaic projects in particular, interested parties can contact the following competent departments:

  • Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) for production licenses;
  • The Town Planning services for the approval of small-scale projects;
  • The Region for the approval of the environmental terms or exemption from such terms; .
  • The PPC and LAGIE (Operator of Electricity Market) for photovoltaic plant connection contracts and sale/purchase contracts.

PARTNERS

EUROPEAN PROJECT

INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATION - INDEXES