The Ministry of Environment and Energy is preparing three subsidy programs for photovoltaic systems for households, businesses and municipalities, with a total budget of approximately 460 million euros, which will come from the Recovery Fund .
At the same time, while another one is being launched for agricultural holdings by the Ministry of Rural Development. The president of the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vassilis Korkidis , notes in his announcement the conditions and procedures of the three programs for rooftop photovoltaics.
The first program to subsidize photovoltaic roofs, as reported by the Ministry of Environment and Energy, will have available funds of around 200 million euros, an amount sufficient for approximately 80,000 solar systems, with or without energy storage accumulators .
For an average household that consumes 360 kwh per month, the installation of a 3 Kw power panel is required, with the cost of installation currently estimated at around 5,000 euros, and the incentives for subsidizing the installation of photovoltaics and self-generation should be attractive.
Given the demand, it is possible to change the original design of the program, according to which 50% of the budget will concern the subsidization of photovoltaic installations in households, 35% in small businesses and 15% in agricultural holdings.
According to “RePower EU”, from 2026 it will be mandatory to install photovoltaics in all new public and commercial buildings with a floor area of more than 250 m2, from 2027 in existing public and commercial buildings and from 2029 in new residences.
In addition, based on the national climate law, from January all new special buildings and for those whose main use in a percentage greater than 50% of the building surface is not residential, excluding tourist accommodation and temples, with coverage greater than 500 sq.m., are required to install photovoltaic or solar systems at a rate of 30% of the coverage.
The relevant guide for the solar roof scheme is being prepared and its pre-publication is scheduled for the end of November. As for the application submission platform, DEDDIE will undertake it. The first simulations carried out by the Ministry of the Interior showed that simple photovoltaics could be subsidized up to 30%, while photovoltaic systems with batteries up to 60%.
The aim is to support more the systems that are also accompanied by an accumulator for energy storage in order to avoid congestion phenomena in the already saturated electrical networks. Since the summer, power margins have been secured, only to serve small self-generated energy systems, in the substations of the power distribution network with the new electrical space estimated at a total of approximately 2.5 GW.
The new program will cover small systems up to 10 kilowatts. For an average house a photovoltaic of around 3.5 kilowatts is considered sufficient to cover its needs, while for a larger household an installation of around 6.5 kilowatts is required. According to the Association of Photovoltaic Companies for a small residential photovoltaic panel of 3 kwp installed without any subsidy the payback time of the investment reaches 8 years today. In contrast, with a subsidy of 30%, the repayment time is reduced to 4 years.
Regarding the conditions for inclusion in the new program, it has not yet been decided whether income criteria will be set or whether time priority will apply to the submission of applications. The assessment based on income criteria is a cause for concern, as many beneficiaries may eventually find that they are unable to complete the remaining amount with own funds, as was the case with “Recycle – Switch Device”. But also the inclusion based on the time priority of submitting the applications had problems in the previous “Exkoonamo”, when the electronic platform had gone out of operation.
Self-production and storage
In addition to the rooftop solar subsidy program, two other programs will follow. The first, with a budget of 160 million euros, will concern the installation of photovoltaics for self-production of energy in businesses, and the implementing body will be TAIPED. Also, another one is being prepared, with a budget of 100 million euros, which will concern the creation of energy communities by the country’s municipalities, in order on the one hand to limit their energy costs and on the other hand to support vulnerable consumers in their area.
It is noteworthy that the new temporary EU Regulation, published recently, foresees measures to accelerate the development of RES projects. Thus, photovoltaics on the roof should now be licensed within one month, while for small self-consumption systems up to 50 kW if the competent authorities do not respond within a month of the application, the license will be considered granted.