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Factors Influencing the Development of P/V in Greece

Greece has significant advantages for the development and application of P/V systems. The reasons why P/V technology, research and applications in Greece should be promoted are summarized as follows:

  Use of a domestic and renewable energy resource which exists in abundance, contributing to the security of energy supply.

Supporting the tourism industry in the development of environment friendly tourism and ecotourism, especially in the islands. The dependence of electricity generating plants in the islands on oil and the cost of fuel transportation have a direct negative impact on the quality of life of the inhabitants, on tourism development and on the cost of energy production which is ultimately borne by the Public Power Corporation.

Backing up the electrical grid at peak midday hours when P/V units produce the greatest amount of electricity especially during the summer when there is very high demand due to air-conditioning.

Reducing losses from the grid, by producing energy where it is consumed, reducing the load on transmission lines and the postponement of investments to the grid.

Limiting the development of new central power stations using conventional technology and contributing to the reduction of power cuts due to overloading of the PPC grid.

Gradually reducing dependence on oil and all types of imported fuels energy and ensuring energy supply through decentralized production.

Community development for the producer/consumer and Contribution to sustainable development, quality of life and environmental protection in both cities and rural areas.

Development of business, making an important contribution to local development and social goals.

Development of a Greek P/V industry with excellent prospects for adequately supplying the Greek market and exports. Creation of new jobs and development of Greek know-how. 2004 estimate: 2 P/V manufacturers, 3 small and medium sized companies for the development of power electronics and 3 units producing batteries for P/V applications.

Promotion of the goals of the E.U. and the Kyoto Agreement concerning the increased use of RES in electricity production by 20% by the year 2010 and the reduction of emissions.