Application for the installation of an energy storage system, type in front of the meter, is preparing to submit "ELPE Renewables SA" in order to more effectively manage its 350 GWh of electricity to be generated per year, from the giant- Kozani photovoltaic park, which will be put into operation in its first quarter 2022.
This energy storage system, will be installed within the Park area, on the surface 10-30 acres, which is available.
The above was stated by the Director of Development & Operation of "ELPE Renewables" Mr.. Sotiris Kapellos, during an online press conference , during which he stressed that the group of ELPE, which is now shifting from the refining industry to becoming an Energy Company, wants to grow in RES but also in the production of "green hydrogen" (SS. participates in the White Dragon project for Western Macedonia).
Built in 50% the PV Park in Livera
The goal of "ELPE Renewables" is, until the end 2021 to have installed power from RES , 300 MW, after 204 MW to concern the photovoltaic park built in the prefecture of Kozani, between Livers and Irons and which has been implemented in percentage 50%. The southern parts of the Park have been built, part of the north and the construction of the facility continues to the west and north.
This development plan envisages that from PV and wind, end 2025, the Group will have installed power units 600 MW and up to 2030, in total 2.000 ΜW, which involves the acquisition of mature works, beyond the development of young people.
At this stage The developing portfolio of "ELPE Renewables" includes power projects 1.300 MW, of which the 80% concerns photovoltaics, while winds represent 200 MW.
Answering questions from journalists, Mr.. Kapellos noted that the Company, examines possible acquisitions of green energy units , in all of Greece, while from 2012, has initiated procedures for the licensing of other projects in Western Macedonia.
Compliance with environmental conditions
The points that Mr. emphasized. Hat, related to the procedures by which the Company approaches and manages environmental issues, contacts and relations with local communities, as well as strengthening the economy of Western Macedonia.
The giant- photovoltaic park , which actually consists of 18 parks which are built on an area 4.400 acres of public land, will be accessible, through the internal road network that is created , and residents while the movement of wildlife and livestock will not be hindered. From the areas that were committed for the construction of the PV park, 1.500 acres will be given for grazing.
The play, monitored closely and on a regular basis for compliance with the terms of the Environmental Impact Assessment, something that the EBRD has placed particular emphasis on, co-financing the project with 75 million. euro.
EBRD and Commercial Banks co - finance with 100 from. euro
It is reminded that the investment for the Kozani PV Park reaches 130 million. euro. In the investment, beyond the EBRD, financing 25 million. euro is provided by commercial banks while the remaining amount is available to the ELPE Group.
Mr.. Hat repeated that 60% of the project is carried out by companies in the region and the workforce of Western Macedonia. During the construction phase they are employed 350 individuals, and in operation the employees will be 30.
In everything,in terms of economic benefits for the region, the 3% of revenue, how much exactly 500.000 euro, will be attributed annually to the following 20 years, in the Municipalities of the area ( Kozani and Eordaia) for the execution of projects while 1,5 million. euros will be allocated for reforestation and 1,5 million. euros was given for the seizure of land.
Concluding, Mr.. Kapellos argued that what has been argued does not apply, on the impact on the microclimate of the area from the operation of such a large Park, as well as the heat collected by the panels, does not reach the ground, while the vegetation, most likely and will benefit from the moisture that will be created.
In conclusion, the CEO of "ELPE Renewables" said, that de-ligation is raising the issue of job losses in the region, but this issue cannot be addressed by the shift to green energy. The development of RES, is a European and national choice, so the benefits of green energy are diffused and do not narrowly affect the installation areas of the units.