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Energies 2015, 8(7), 6497-6508; doi:10.3390/en8076497

Penetration of Photovoltaics in Greece

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Department of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 15780 Athens, Greece
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Department of Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 10672 Athens, Greece
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Received: 30 March 2015 / Revised: 28 May 2015 / Accepted: 16 June 2015 / Published: 26 June 2015
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Abstract

Recently, an interesting experiment was completed in Greece concerning photovoltaic penetration into the electricity production sector. Based on the relevant laws and in accordance to the related European directives, an explosive penetration process was completed in less than three years, resulting in a 7% share of photovoltaics in electricity production instead of the previous negligible share. The legislation was based on licensing simplification and generous feed-in-tariffs. This approach transformed photovoltaic technology from a prohibitively expensive to a competitive one. This work aims to summarize the relevant legislation and illustrate its effect on the resulting penetration. A sigmoid-shape penetration was observed which was explained by a pulse-type driving force. The return on investment indicator was proposed as an appropriate driving force, which incorporates feed-in-tariffs and turnkey-cost. Furthermore, the resulting surcharge on the electricity price due to photovoltaic penetration was also analyzed. View Full-Text
Keywords: feed in tariff; return on investment; turnkey cost; renewable energy sources feed in tariff; return on investment; turnkey cost; renewable energy sources
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Giannini, E.; Moropoulou, A.; Maroulis, Z.; Siouti, G. Penetration of Photovoltaics in Greece. Energies 2015, 8, 6497-6508.

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