Hydropower part of renewable energy investment across Greece via €85m EIB loan
- December 22, 2017
- Category: Europe
Renewable energy generation across Greek islands and on the mainland of the country will be strengthened under a new investment programme by PPC Renewables backed by the European Investment Bank.
A new €85 million European Investment Bank (EIB) loan signed in Athens this week will support both the repowering of wind parks and small hydropower stations and construction of new hydropower plants and wind parks across the country.
This represents the largest ever support for renewable energy investment in Greece by the European Investment Bank, the world’s largest financier for renewable energy.
The finance contract for the €85 million EIB loan was signed in Athens by Nicholas Jennett, Deputy Director General and Head of Investment Team for Greece on behalf of the European Investment Bank and Manolis Panagiotakis, Chairman, and Ilias Monacholias, CEO, on behalf of PPC Renewables.
Manolis Panagiotakis, Chairman of PPC Renewables said:
“This loan will bolster the generation of electricity from renewables in mainland Greece and on the islands. It will also support the change of the energy mix generated at Group level and will make energy supplies in Greece more sustainable and more secure. The PPC Group has an excellent long standing cooperation with European Investment Bank, since 1963, building a relationship of trust. Today, EIB’s financing to PPCR, under the current challenging financial conditions, underlines EIB’s catalytical role to boost investment in renewables.”
Ilias Monacholias, CEO of PPC Renewables added:
“Today PPCR is entering a new era, as it is the very first time the company signs a loan contract for financing a pipeline of 18 renewable energy projects. The loan provided by European Investment Bank, with beneficial rates compared to standard business lending rates, is very important for PPCR as it will enable the complete repowering of old wind farms and small hydro projects and the installation of new RES projects. We are looking forward to working together with EIB and make this cooperation a success”
The new renewable energy programme will support the repowering of two old small hydro-power stations, (one located in Arta – the Louros project – and one located in Vermio, northern Greece as well as two new small hydro power stations, one located in Smokovo and the other in Makrohori, central Greece.
PPC Renewables currently operates 15 Small Hydroelectric Power Plants (SHP), with two more under construction and seven more projects with a production permit in place.
The company aims to achieve a leading position in the domestic RES sector and currently has 153 MW installed capacity in 20 wind farms(81.71 MW), 17 small hydroelectric plants (69.55 ΜW) and 28 photovoltaic plants (1.32MW).
It will also support investment at small scale windfarms at sites across the country, including on the islands of Kefallonia, Chios, Lesvos, Crete, Mykonos, Samos, Evia, Limnos, Karpathos, Ikaria, Tinos, Psara and on the mainland in Karditsa.
Once complete the scheme will increase generation of renewable energy in Greece by 90 MW and make a significant contribution to both national and European renewable energy objectives.
Development, construction and operation of the individual renewable energy projects is expected to be completed over the next two years.
PPC Group: strategic aim to be a major supplier of green energy in Greece
Expansion of renewable energy is a strategic priority for PPC Group and the new cooperation between PPC Renewables and the EIB will help the PPC Group to achieve its strategic aim to become a major supplier of green energy in Greece. New investment to improve existing and develop new wind farms will enhance energy self-sufficiency, create new employment opportunities and benefit local communities.
The new 16 year loan represents the first support for investment by PPC Renewables by the European Investment Bank, the European Union’s long-term lending institution and the world’s largest lender for renewable energy investment. The EIB loan is expected to be guaranteed by a State Guarantee from the Hellenic Republic.
Jonathan Taylor, European Investment Bank Vice President commented:
“New investment in renewable energy is essential to cut carbon emissions and support for renewable energy investment is a priority for both the Greek government and the European Investment Bank. The EIB is pleased to expand our long-standing partnership with PPC to harness clean energy across Greece through this first engagement with PPC Renewables. As the EU Bank, the EIB supports climate related investment worldwide and this scheme is already being examined by others as a model to demonstrate the potential of renewable energy on small islands.”