The Greek Association of Photovoltaic Energy Producers (SPEF) has filed a complaint with the Directorate General for Competition at the European Commission against the variable cost recovery mechanism (VCRM) of the Greek electricity market.
SPEF claims the state-led VCRM violates several articles of the European Commission’s competition law, by acting as a feed-in tariff for gas and therefore undermining the renewables and PV sector.
In September, the Hellenic Transmission System Operator, which runs Greece’s power network, released figures showing Greece had added over 38MW of new PV capacity in September, which was down nearly 100MW on new installations in August.
Earlier this month, Greece also proposed a new tax on solar plants which were connected to the grid between 2007 and 2011, resulting in revenue cut by around 25%. The revenue from solar plants connected from January to August 2012 will drop by 35%. Further, projects permitted during this time will be taxed by 29% to 35% and need to be connected by mid-March.