Grid connection sought for 4.5 GW of renewables in Greek coal areas

Greece’s Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO) has received grid-connection applications for 4.5 GW of renewable energy capacity, including hydropower (HPP) projects, it announced last week.

All proposals concern new capacity in lignite-dependent areas where coal is being phased out as part of the country’s decarbonisation efforts. The regions of Eastern Macedonia and Megalopoli, Peloponnese, are Greece’s main suppliers of lignite resources and will be the most affected by the plan.

The overall capacity includes 96 applications, of which 92 are tied to solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, while the rest comes from wind or solar-wind and small-scale HPP schemes. A full list of the proposals is available on IPTO’s website.

PPC Renewables, a unit of Greek utility PPC SA, is seeking to connect roughly 1.9 GW of new renewable generation capacity in Kozani and Florina, Western Macedonia through 19 projects. Among its proposals is a 550-MW solar park in Ptolemaida, Kozani.