Greek energy ministry plans to develop of one or two pilot projects for offshore wind farms at Greek territorial waters over the next few years, until market conditions for this sector have matured and technological advancements allow for bigger projects that are sustainable, based on market terms, a situation not expected before the end of this decade.
Ministry officials are exploring the possibility of EU funding for these pilot projects, but have yet to identify any specific sources.
These potential pilot projects are not related to bottom-fixed offshore pilot projects in the Alexandroupoli area, northeastern Greece, already being developed through a different procedure.
Support measures ensuring the sustainability of offshore wind farms, a RES sub-sector still at a nascent stage, are necessary, as was highlighted by a recent auction in the UK, which failed to attract any bidders. Without support, renewable energy growth rates may be impacted.
The energy ministry plans to soon complete an institutional framework, publish related maps, announce tenders and measure wind speeds, Energypress reports.