With the energy transition at the top of its agenda, the Greek government has committed to making landmark policy changes to lure “serious investors to engage through a transparent system,” says Alexandra Sdoukou, Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy and Environment, underlining that a reform package targeting energy storage, offshore wind, and the slashing of licensing procedure times will be completed by the first semester of 2021.
With €2.5 billion worth of PV projects earmarked for development by 2030 and investments yields that are, comparatively, close to 30% higher than its Northern EU counterparts, Greece’s solar energy market presents a “higher-risk”, high-reward scenario, says Sotiris Kapellos, President of the Hellenic Association of Photovoltaic Companies, while stressing that the key to reaching Greece's solar energy capacity targets is the simplification of its long-winded licensing procedure.
Greece is taking steps to simplify its investment migration programmes, building upon the success of its lauded Golden Visa, says Notis Mitarachi, Minister of Migration and Asylum, with targets set on the creation of a fast-track office at the Ministry, and 2021 lined up to have a greater emphasis on capturing global human and financial capital.
Spain’s Ambassador to Greece, Enrique Viguera, says Greece’s pro-business environment, coupled with regulatory and strategic similarities between both countries, create significant potential for investments at a bilateral level, underlining food processing and the naval defence Industry as key areas where Spanish companies could widen their footprint.
While a minimum of €3.5 billion worth of investments are required to meet Greece’s ambitious 2030 wind energy target, “they are realistic and can be achieved,” says Panagiotis Papastamatiou CEO of the Hellenic Wind Energy Association, yet harnessing the sector’s true potential, he adds, including the development of offshore wind power will require decisive actions on behalf of the government and definitive decisions.
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