Welcome to IEA Wind Member Country Activities for Greece
In 2012, 117 MW of new wind capacity were installed in Greece (Table 1). The total installed wind capacity is 1,749 MW, a 7% increase from 2011. There are 121 wind farms in Greece. Almost 150 million EUR (197 million USD) was spent in the wind energy industry in 2012.
The Hellenic Wind Energy association (HWEA) still expects roughly 150 MW of new capacity could be added in Greece in 2013 after capacity increased 117 MW to 1,746 MW in 2012. The pace of installation must increase to reach the 2020 target of 7,500 MW of wind capacity as included in the national renewable energy action plan.
The government has many issues to consider in reaching this target. As part of a package of austerity measures approved in November 2012, wind and other renewable producers will be charged a 10% extraordinary tax on revenues for 12 months, dated back to 1 July 2012.
In 2012, Greek wind energy installations were outpaced by solar photovoltaic (PV) power, which saw more than 1,000 MW in new capacity installed. Investors focused on PV projects due to an attractive incentive price and a 31 December 2012 grid connection deadline for receiving the most generous tariffs. The new 10% tax was initially only for PV projects but was extended to cover wind as well. Read the entire report here.