Licencing Prodecures on Energy Sector
General Procedure for licensing
of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) projects
Issued by the Regulatory Authority for Energy (R.A.E.), within two months from the submission of a complete application folder.
After issuance, an application can be made, in parallel, for the following licenses:
a) Approval of Environmental Conditions (A.E.C.)
b) Offer for Connection to the System or the Grid, by the Transmission Grid System Operator. No production license is required for power production up to 1MW.
Approval of Environmental Conditions (A.E.C.) Offer for Connection to the System or the Grid
Permission for intervention in a forest or a forest area.
After receiving the production license from R.A.E. the party interested, in order to be granted an installation license, requests simultaneously for the issuing of a Connection Offer from the authorised Manager of the System or the Grid a Decision of Approval of Environmental Conditions (A.E.C.), according to article 4 of law No 1650/1986, as it applies, and Permission for intervention in a forest or a forest area, according to paragraph 2 of article 58 of law No. 998/1979 (289 A’), should that be required, or generally the licenses needed for the acquisition of the right to use the installation site of the project.
The application folder is considered complete if no additional documents have been requested in writing from the party concerned within twenty (20) days from its submission.
The authorised Manager grants with his decision within four (4) months the Connection Offer requested, which becomes definite and binding when the A.E.C. (Approval of Environmental Conditions) decision is issued for a R.E.S. station or, if no A.E.C. decision is required, with thecertificate from the relevant environmental authority of the region that the R.E.S. station is exempt from this obligation. The Connection Offer remains valid for four (4) years from its finalisation and it is binding toward the Manager and the beneficiary.
The authorised authority examines the environmental impacts and the proposed mitigation measures, sees to the compliance of the foreseen consultation and publicising procedures and passes judgment on whether to issue or not an A.E.C. decision within four (4) months from the time the folder was considered complete.
After the Connection Offer becomes binding, the beneficiary takes action:
a) for acquiring the installation license in line with the present article
b) for signing the Connection Contract and the Sale Contract, according to articles 9, 10 and 12 and the Codes for the Management of the System and the Network
c) for granting licenses, protocols or other approvals which are possibly required according to the provisions of current legislation for the installation of the station, and which are issued without the requirement to previously obtain the installation license
d) for the modification of the A.E.C. regarding the connection works, if required.
Installation Licence ‐ Grid Connection Agreement and Power Purchase Agreement ‐ Building License
The installation license is granted within a time frame of fifteen (15) working days from the completion of the process of examining the documentation, by decision of the General Secretary of the Region, according to the provisions of law No 1650/1986, as it applies, and the regulating acts issued with his/her approval. Once the Connection Offer becomes final and binding, the beneficiary proceeds with the execution of the Grid Connection Agreement and Power Purchase Agreement with the Transmission Grid System Operator or the Public Power Company.
The installation license is valid for two (2) years and may be extended, at the most, for an equal length of time, by application of its holder, provided that:
a) on the expiration of the two‐year period the project has been executed, the expenditure for
which covers 50% of the investment, or
b) no case as above “a” exists but the required contracts for the procurement of the equipment needed for the completion of the project have been signed, or
c) there is a suspension by court decision of any license required for the execution of the project.
After issuance of the Installation License and before start of works a Building License is issued by
the City Planning authorities.