Greece lifts PV legal barriers

Under the decisions, the company said that a license – issued by the local urban planning authorities – which was previously required for small-scale PV works, has been abolished. This, it explained, means that for small rooftop systems up to 100 kWp, the only step now needed is an application to the grid operator with a notification for commencing the project.

PV Legal added that the abolishment of the extra license step is in line with EU RES Directive (2009/28/EC), which foresees that authorization of small projects can be done through a notification instead of the normal permitting procedure.

PV applications that were previously excluded, for example facades, louvers, warehouses and parking lots, are now feasible in the residential sector, continued the company.

Furthermore, it said that PV systems on historical buildings, “which were practically impossible under the previous regime”, are now allowed under a special authorization procedure. However, it explained that the consent of Greece’s Urban Planning and Architectural Control Committee is needed.