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					           August 2010| Solar Cells Hellas Group| website: www.schellas.gr| e-mail: info@schellas.gr




             Ο                                                                                                                           Issue 17
Topics

- New developments in
RES                   1

- Events                    2       SOLAR CELLS HELLAS
- Sponsorship               4
                                                                NEWS


                                                                             in gross final electricity consumption is set at 40
Accelerating the development of renewable
                                                                             per cent by 2010.
to address climate change
                                                                             Electricity generation licensing and exemptions
Following a public consultation process initiated
in December 2009, the Minister of Environment,                                    •     An electricity generation license, which is
Energy & Climate Change recently submitted to                                           the first main license in the related
the Greek Parliament for voting a new law                                               licensing process and a prerequisite for
amending the current framework governing the                                            the environmental terms approval (ETA)
renewable sector. The law aims to accelerate                                            of the project in question, will hence forth
the development of renewable energy sources                                             be granted by the Regulatory Authority
and related projects in Greece, in order to                                             for Energy (RAE) instead of the Minister
address the climate change, through the                                                 (who supervises its legality) against
amendment of significant provisions of the                                              technical and economic criteria only,
currently applicable legislation.                                                       without involving (any longer) the
                                                                                        preliminary      environmental       impact
Although the law is a step in the right direction, it
                                                                                        assessment (PEIA) of the project in
has yet to be established whether this new
                                                                                        question. Hence, reducing the time line
regulatory     regime    envisaged       by     the
                                                                                        for the award of this license to a
administration will meet the expectations of the
                                                                                        maximum of three months from the
market and enable the full exploitation of the
significant renewable energy potentials of the
country.

Main points of the new law on renewable –
National targets and climate change

The national mandatory target for the share of
energy from renewable energy sources in gross
final energy consumption is set at 20 per cent by
2020, while the same target for the share of
electric energy from renewable energy sources
in gross final electricity consumption is set at 40
per cent by 2010.


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period of at least 12 months it currently takes in
                                                                          appropriate region of PPC. PV parks of
practice.
                                                                          between 500kW and 1MW differentiate in
                                                                          process with the requirement of ETA.
   •   Conversely, an electricity generation
       license is not required photovoltaic                               Finally, for PV Parks over 1MW the original
       power plants having installed capacity                             application is submitted to the RAE, which is
       up to 1 MW, hence enabling the fast –                              responsible for issuing the electricity
       track development of these projects.                               generation license. Then, the environmental
                                                                          terms of approval are required as well as an
Environmental licensing stages merged
                                                                          application        submission       to Hellenic
    • The preliminary environmental impact                                Transmission System Operator S.A (HTSO).
      assessment (PEIA), which used to be a                               Afterward, the connection and purchase
      prerequisite for the electricity generation                         agreement       with   the    PPC and HTSO
      license, and the environmental terms                                respectively is concluded, by taking the
      approval (ETA) of the project in question                           necessary small-scale work permit from the
      are merged into one stage of                                        urban planning authority and License
      environmental assessment and licensing                              Installation of the PV Park. Finally, the
      (i.e solely the ETA). An ETA, however,                              authorization of the PV Park is granted after a
      remains a prerequisite for the installation                         trial period.
      license together with the final grid
      connection requirements in the form of
      an offer from the grid operator.
      Moreover, the ETA is now supposed to
      be granted within two months,
      depending on the (central or regional)
      competent       environmental      licensing
      authority     and     the    environmental
      classification of the project in question
      (essentially large or small projects).
    • Power plants having installed capacity
      less than 0.5MW are exempt from the
      requirement of an ETA.

Based on the above for the implementation of a
100kW PV park an initial application to the local                         Greek-Saudi Congress
branch of Public Power Corporation (PPC) is                              Solar Cells Hellas Group participated in the
prerequisite. Alongside, an application for                              Greek-Saudi congress that took place on
exemption from ETA is followed to the                                    Monday 28/6/2010 at Divani Caravel hotel. The
department of the region. Afterward, the                                 participants have been more than 130 including
connection and purchase agreement with the                               many       entrepreneurs,    investors    and
                                                                         representatives of the Greek economic society
PPC and Hellenic      Transmission       System                           Representatives of the Greek Ministry of
Operator S.A (HTSO) respectively is concluded,                           Economy and Foreign Affairs also attended the
by taking the necessary small-scale work permit                          congress.
from the urban planning authority.
                                                                         The President of the Greek-Saudi Chamber Mr.
The same procedure is followed for a PV park                             Bandali Andar in his opening speech sent a
up to 500kW, with the only difference that the                           warm welcome to the Ambassador of Saudi
original application is submitted to the                                 Arabia, as well as to the Saudi business

        Headquarters: 170, Sygrou Avenue, 17671 Athens, Greece, tel: +30 210 9595 159, fax: + 30 210 9537 618                         2
        Production Facilities: Industrial Zone of Patras, 25200 Ag. Stefanos, Block 31A, tel: +30 2610 241958, fax: +30 2610 647129
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                  delegation that visited our
                  country. In his speech, Mr. Andar
                  pointed out the existing close
                  relations between Greece and
                  Saudi Arabia and the desire of

                                                                          During the event Greek and Libyan
and the entire business community to further
                                                                          entrepreneurs expressed their mutual
strengthen their relations, especially now in the
                                                                          interest on investments while bilateral
midst of the         economic crisis in which
                                                                          business meetings took place afterwards.
opportunities     for    investments     emerge.
Mr. Andar underlined the economic position of
                                                                          The main purpose of this visit was to further
Saudi Arabia, not only in the Arab world but
                                                                          develop and strengthen the commercial and
globally, providing ample trade and investment
                                                                          financial relations between Greece and
opportunities.
                                                                          Libya.

Therafter, the speech of the Head of the Saudi                            Come and visit us at the 25th EUPV SEC
delegation followed. Mr. Hamad Al Zamil, a well                           Exhibition
known entrepreneur, stressed the excellent
                                                                                                 Solar Cells Hellas Group will
relations that exist between the two countries
                                                                                                 participate,  for   the   3rd
and mentioned that efforts should be made for
                                                                                                 consecutive year, in the 25th
improvement by both sides, because the level of
                                                                                                 EUPV SEC Exhibition. The
trade transactions between them is much lower
                                                                                                 Booth No is L3/H1/C8.
than                                 expected.
                                                                          The 25th EU PVSEC / WCPEC-5 - Exhibition
Solar Cells Hellas Group by attending the                                 will take place from the 6th until the 9th of
congress supports such initiatives, while it had                          September 2010 at the exhibition center “Feria
the chance to investigate the opportunity of                              Valencia” in the city of Valencia, Spain. This
expanding in new markets and particularly that                            four-day trade show of the global photovoltaics
of Saudi Arabia, which provides investment                                industry will attract around 900 companies and
conditions according to which the country is                              solar organisations as well as around 40,000
ranking in the 13th position worldwide.                                   visitors from all around the world. The
                                                                          Exhibition, running in parallel with the
                                                                          Congress provides a showcase for the
                                                                          technology and service providers involved in
Participation of Solar Cells Hellas Group                                 the PV Solar field.
in the visit of the Undersecretary of
Foreign Affairs in Libya                                                  The 25th EU PVSEC / WCPEC-5 will highlight
                                                                          the progress made in research, in
The General Manager of the Group, Mr.                                     technological developments and in the
Sofoklis Pitarokilis, participated in the                                 production processes, bringing together all key
business delegation that accompanied the                                  specialists of the industry contributing thus to
Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Mr. S.                                 the complete update on the recent
Kouvelis, in his visit to Tripoli, Libya, from the                        developments in the PV energy sector.
19th   until   the     21st    of    July    2010.
                                                                          The       exhibitors    include     international
                                                                          manufacturers        of  PV     modules      and
The President of the Greek-Saudi Chamber,
                                                                          components, manufacturers of production
Mr. Bandali Andar, also attended the visit,
                                                                          equipment, PV systems suppliers and
responding to the invitation of the Ministry of
                                                                          distributors, PV installation companies, PV
Foreign Affairs. Within the framework of the
                                                                          project development companies, research and
above mentioned visit a joint business event
was held on the 20thof July 2010.                                         testing institutes and engineers consulting
                                                                          firms.

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 Solar Cells Hellas Group supports the
 BREAST CANCER ACTION FUND
 Solar Cells Hellas Group actively supports
 the Brest Cancer Action Fund by financially
 contributing to the organization of an event,
 the revenues of which will be made available
 to serve the Fund’s purposes.

                 More specifically, on the 7th of
                 September 2010, the famous
                 tenor Andrea Bocelli will give a
                 concert for the BCA Fund at
                 Herodus Atticus Odeon.

“If God had a singing voice, he would sound
a lot like Andrea Bocelli” was Celine Dion’s
well known statement for the celebrated
artist.

The quality of his voice, which is globally
acknowledged, has classified him among
the legends in the pantheon of music with
the greatest number of record sales
worldwide and a Star of his own
at “Hollywood’s Walk of Fame”. The event is
held under the auspices of the Ministry of
Interior, Decentralization and e-Government.

On the 6th of September, the President of
the BCA Fund Mrs. Aspasia Leventis will
organize a dinner at the Ecali Club to honour
the legendary artist and BCA Fund Goodwill
Ambassador. She will also present him with
an award, in recognition of his profound
commitment as a means to promote the
ideals and principles embodied in the BCA.




     Headquarters: 170, Sygrou Avenue, 17671 Athens, Greece, tel: +30 210 9595 159, fax: + 30 210 9537 618
     Production Facilities: Industrial Zone of Patras, 25200 Ag. Stefanos, Block 31A, tel: +30 2610 241958, fax: +30 2610 647129   4

				
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