The Greek Wind Energy Association’s (ELETAEN) latest data shows that 191.6 MW in new wind energy capacity was connected to the grid last year. This was an increase of 7.2% compared to 2017, ELETAEN’s data shows.
A total of 103 new wind turbines with a combined capacity of 191.6 MW were connected to the grid in Greece last year, according to data available on ELETAEN’s website.
The total wind power capacity in commercial or trial mode stood at 2,828.5 MW at the end of 2018.
By region, the central mainland led by wind capacity, 907 MW, or 32%, ahead of the Peloponnese, with 550 MW, or 19%, and eastern Macedonia and Thrace, with 375 MW, or 13%.
By companies, Terna is the top-ranked by capacity, of 536.1 MW, or 19%, followed by El. Tech Anemos, with 285.6 MW, or 10.1%, Iberdrola Rokas, 250.7 MW, or 8.9%, EDF Hellas, 238.2 MW, or 8.4%, and EREN, 210.9 MW, or 7.5%.
By supplier, Vestas leads the way with 52.5% of the total wind power installed in Greece. Enercon is second-ranked with 22%, ahead of Siemens Gamesa, with 19%, and Nordex, with 5.3%.
More than 150 years ago, wood supplied up to 90 percent of the nation’s energy needs.
In 2018, Vestas supplied a whopping 78.2% of all new wind turbines in Greece, followed by Enercon, with 15.5%, and Siemens Gamesa, 6.3%.
According to an earlier report, Greece’s draft National Energy and Climate Plan calls for EUR 32.7 billion in investments from 2020 to 2030 for the share of renewable energy sources (RES) in energy consumption to rise to 32% and electricity production to 55%.
The draft NECP foresees major RES penetration, to be driven by reduced electricity generation costs in the sector, especially photovoltaic (PV) and wind energy technology.
Wind energy installed capacity is seen almost tripling to 6.4 GW in 2030 from 2.4 GW in 2016, with production expected to increase to 14,933 GWh in 2030 from 5,146 GWH in 2016.