-|| Three (3) RES Auctions (Competitions) will be staged on July 02, 2018 in Greece ||-

Today on April 30, 2018 an official announcement of the Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) was issued regarding the three (3) RES auctions that will be staged on July 02, 2018 in Greece.

Note: RES |> Solar (PV) and Wind Projects.

The investors will have until June 05, 2018 to submit their applications, according to the official information (Decision of RAE No321/2018 – Official Government Gazette No 1466 B’, April 27, 2018).

Given these details, interested parties are expected to have a little over a month to prepare their applications.

The upcoming RES auctions for 2018 have been split into three (3) categories, the following:

Category I: PV Projects with capacities ≤ 1 MW (between 500 kW and 1 MW)

Maximum Auction Power: 70 MW

Category II: PV Projects with capacities:  1 MW < Power PV ≤ 20 MW

Maximum Auction Power: 230 MW

Category III: Wind Projects with capacities:  3 MW < Power Wind < 50 MW

Maximum Auction Power: 300 MW

 It is mentioned that the existing FiT (Feed-in-Tariff) system will be replaced by a sliding FiP (Feed-in-Premium) system in combination with a tendering system (competitions) of reverse auctions for Wind Projects with total capacity over 3.0 MW and PV Projects with total capacity over 500 kW.

The plan of RAE, concerning 2018, 2019 and 2020, entails staging separate RES auctions offering annual totals of 300 MW for PV energy projects [for PV Projects with capacities below 1 MW, at a starting price (reference price) of €85.00/MWh and for PV energy projects with capacities between 1 and 20 MW, at a reference price of €80.00/MWh]; 300 MW for Wind energy projects with capacities between 3 and 50 MW at a reference price of €90.00/MWh; as well as 400 MW for combined Wind and PV project investments (large-scale projects i.e. Wind≥50MW and PV≥20MW) [400 MW for 2019 and 400 MW for 2020].

RAE is convinced that the stage of the RES auctions asap (on July 02, 2018 according to the today’s official announcement) will project the Greek RES market as a mature and attractive prospect for all investors, local and international.

Furthermore, the RES auctions is expected to encourage investments in renewable energy of 2.5 billion to 3 billion euros in Greece within the next 3 years.

<[!]> Invest in the future by investing in the highly promising Greek RES market <[!]>

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-|| Athens, Greece 2018: A Changing Metropolis Worth Investing In ||-

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece as well as its administrative, economic and cultural center. Modern Athens is one of the most important agglomerations in SE Europe and Eastern Mediterranean Sea connecting Europe, Minor Asia, Middle East and North Africa. Furthermore, Athens is one of the oldest named cities in the world, having been continuously inhabited for at least 5,000 years.

The total population of the Metropolitan Area of Athens is larger than 3.7 million out of 10.7 million which is the total population of Greece according to the latest estimations (2017). Therefore, Athens is by far the largest city in Greece (second largest city is Thessaloniki with a total metropolitan population of about 1.1 million).

Athens is known as the birthplace of democracy and the cradle of Western civilization. Consisting of an urban district and metropolitan area, a large city center, Athens offers a confusing blend of both modern and historical features. Major Athens attractions include Acropolis, Plaka District, Ancient Agora (the oldest mall and ‘stock’ exchange market in the world), Erectheum, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Syntagma Square, National Archaeological Museum, Mount Lycabettus, New Acropolis Museum and National Garden.

Apart from the above, the wider metropolitan area of Athens has important modern business centers. Particularly, Athens and Greece in general are not only history. The capital of Greece is not only a beautiful mega-city with wonderful places and tourism attractions. Athens is also a promising place to invest, providing substantial opportunities, characteristic of an emerging stock (Athens Stock Exchange/ASE) and real market.

For instance, it is worth mentioning the Hellinikon Mega-Project in the wider Metropolitan Area of Athens (in coastal Athens) which will be the largest urban regeneration/real estate investment project throughout Europe and worldwide. Its construction will be started within 2018. In addition the property of Hellinikon is more than three times larger than the size of Monaco, more than two times the size of Hyde Park in London and almost two times the size of central part in New York. In particular, the development and implementation of the said project will be an important evidence that Greece can attract and implement highly ambitious investment plans. 

Moreover, the master plan for the implementation of the Hellinikon mega project is a mighty message to investors around the world that Greece’s economy has returned to positive growth rates. It is the most representative indication of “GRINVEST”. A representative indication of the Modern City of Athens.

-|| Athens, Greece 2018: A Changing Metropolis Worth Investing In  ||-

[!] Seize the opportunity and invest in the future by investing in the wider Athens Metropolitan Area and whole Greece [!]

-|| It’s the right time ||-

<|> The GRECOVERY from 2018 onwards will be very stronger than expected <|> 

 

-| GREECE_|_Key facts |-

GDP (2018): $221.57 bil.

Market size (population, 2017): ≈10.7 mil.

Capital and largest city: Athens (Metropolitan area pop.: 3.7 mil.)

Second largest city: Thessaloniki (Metropolitan area pop.: 1.1 mil.)

 

[!] GREECE 2018: On the way to a new Economic Miracle [!] -|- [!] Greece’s economy will grow at its fastest pace in eleven (11) years [!]

[!] I am sending you from the bottom of my heart 2018 warm wishes for a healthy, bright, productive, extremely prosperous, creative, blissful, delightful, energetic and highly promising new year [!]

|> I strongly believe that 2018 will be the beginning of an Economic take-off, a new Greek Economic Miracle and a long-term turnaround story for Greece’s emerging economy and real market with highly positive GDP growth rate of about +2.5% (!) which will be the fastest pace in eleven (11) years (since 2007!).

After almost ten (10) successive years of grinding austerity, savage spending cuts and misery for millions of Greeks (deep recession or almost zero growth rate, deflation, frighteningly high unemployment rate and unprecedented demographic collapse), 2018 will be the year when Greece finally turns the corner by returning to the international financial markets (in August, 2018).

Long-suffering Greeks have been given a beacon of hope with predictions by international creditors and the Bank of Greece that the Greek GDP will grow by +2.4% in 2018 – up from about +1.5% in 2017.

After so many years of austerity imposed by the Troika (EC, ECB and IMF), the country is expected to wean itself off international loans in the coming August, ending its third and final (!) bail-out program.

Νew great investment opportunities will arise in the coming years from several economic sectors of the Greek market like Greek RES Market (Large-scale Wind, PV and Biomass/Biogas projects), Energy Sector, Tourism, Construction Industry (See the Hellinikon Mega Project | An investment of about 7 billion euros: The Hellinikon Mega Project), Maritime Sector, Research and new Technologies, Capital Market (via Athens Stock Exchange/ASE), Agricultural Sector and Logistics.

Τhe coming economic GRestart, GRecovery, GRinvest & GRowth will be very stronger than expected and the Greek brain drain (-) can be converted into a Greek brain gain (+) in the next years. 

-| More and more investors and hedge funds finally find a market that looks very promising:  G R E E C E |-

Many hedge funds from all over the world are starting to buy Greek assets after a lengthy hiatus, betting Greece’s market has been overlooked by most investors and offers potential investment opportunities.

 

Greek market key facts: 

GDP (2017): $204 bil. – Market size (population, 2017): ≈10.7 mil.

 

<[!]> Greece can look forward to a brighter future <[!]>

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<|> 2018 αγωνιστικές ευχές σε όλο τον κόσμο για ένα υγιές, ευτυχισμένο, πνευματοφόρο, δημιουργικό και δυναμικά αναπτυξιακό νέο έτος <|>

-|| Χρόνια πολλά Ελλάδα! Καλή Χρονιά Πατρίδα! ||-

 

 

-|- GR for GRowth -|- Greece’s GDP Growth Rate -|-

<|> GR for GRowth <|>

-| Greece’s GDP Growth Rate (Reference Year: 2010) |-

2008: -0.28%

2009: -4.35%

2010: -5.33%

2011: -9.15%

2012: -7.28%

2013: -3.30%

2014: +0.75%

2015: -0.25%

2016: -0.28%

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Q1-2017: +0.4% (annual basis)

Q2-2017: +1.6% (updated estimation)

Q3-2017: +1.3% (according to the official announcement of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (EL.STAT.) as per December 04, 2017).

| On the path to a new Greek Economic Miracle from the 2nd semester of 2017 onwards |

Source: EL.STAT.

 

-|- New Perspectives for an Economic GRestart -|- Forthcoming Progress (Step by Step)

1. Completion of the negotiations for the 2nd evaluation of Greece’s €86bn bailout program.

2. Greece makes final agreement with creditors.

3. Greece paves way for remarkable debt relief.

4. Greece enters the ECB’s quantitative easing (QE) program (within 2017).

5. Greece to fully lift capital controls by the end of this year.

6. Greece’s 10-year government bond yield (spread) will reach a record low (lower than 5% or 4%) in the beginning of 2018.

7. [!] Greece enters into global capital/financial markets again [!]

(The unprecedented financial crisis will end in the middle of 2018).

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Greece’s GDP growth rate (forecasts)

2017: over +1.5%

2018: over +2.5%

[!] The GRECOVERY has just begun and the rhetorical question still remains: Are you ready for a new Greek Economic Miracle from the second semester of 2017 onwards?

[!] An economic take-off of the highly promising Greek market is on its way [!]

|| Invest in the future by investing in Greece ||

[!] 2017 will be the beginning of an economic take-off for Greece’s highly promising real market — A new Greek Economic Miracle has just begun [!]

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[!] I am sending you from the bottom of my heart 2017 warm wishes for a healthy, blissful, creative, highly promising, productive and prosperous new year [!]

|> Furthermore, I strongly believe that 2017 will be the beginning of an economic take-off, a new Greek Economic Miracle and a long-term turnaround story for Greece’s emerging economy and real market with highly positive GDP growth rate (≈2%)!

Besides, more and more investors and funds from all over the world bet that Greece will survive and thrive!

|> After nine (9) successive years of financial crisis (deep recession or almost zero growth rate, deflation, frighteningly high unemployment rate and unprecedented demographic collapse) Greece is very likely to return to strong economic growth.

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Νew investment opportunities will arise in the coming years from several economic sectors of the Greek market like Tourism, Energy Sector, Greek RES Market (Large-scale Wind, PV and Biomass/Biogas projects), Construction Industry, Maritime Sector, Research and new Technologies, Capital Market (via Athens Stock Exchange/ASE), Agricultural Sector and Logistics.

Τhe Grexit will be converted into a strong GRECOVERY and economic GRESTART as well as the Greek brain drain can be converted into a Greek brain gain in the near (brighter) future.

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Therefore, we have to make a very serious effort to regain financial stability.

<|> And the rhetorical question remains. Are you ready for a new Greek Economic Miracle from 2017 onwards? <|>

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<|> Καλή νέα χρονιά Ελλάδα! Υγιές, ειρηνικό, πνευματοφόρο και δυναμικά αναπτυξιακό το νέο έτος Πατρίδα! <|>

-|| 2017 αγωνιστικές ευχές σε όλο τον κόσμο ||-

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– || The first ever competition for RES projects in Greece was completed – A new era for Greece’s RES market has just begun ||-

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In accordance with the new Support Scheme for RES Projects (L.4414/2016) in Greece, the first ever tendering/bidding competitive process for RES (PV) projects was carried out the day before yesterday.

Particularly, the Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) of Greece announced the winners of the country’s first ever auction for RES projects, which took place on December 12, 2016, awarding a cumulative capacity of 40.0 MW to PV projects. The first (pilot) tender was solely aimed at PV technology. Specifically, there were two bidding categories, the following:

  • Category I – Tendered Power: 4.8 MW (PV projects up to 1.0 MW each)
  • Category II – Tendered Power: 35.2 MW (PV projects between 1.0 MW and 10.0 MW – 10.0 MW was the upper limit for each participant)

During the tendering system (competitions) each producer needed to bid (a particular price) in order to provide the production to market operator (Operator of Electricity Market/OEM or LAGIE) under a competitive process. The said process was executed under a tendering system of reverse auctions.

The maximum allowable bid price in the frames of the competitions was set at €94.00/MWh for PV projects that are obliged to obtain a Production License (i.e. for Projects with capacity over 1.0 MWp up to 10.0 MWp) and €104.00/MWh for PV projects that are exempted from the issuance of Production License (i.e. for Projects with capacity between 500 kWp and 1.0 MWp).

According to Greece’s new policy framework for RES projects, the winning projects will be given a variable premium, on top of the standard market price for the generated electricity. The amount of the premium will depend on certain market variables (e.g. the system’s marginal price) and the tariff set via the pilot tender. The feed-in premium will be valid for 20 years (duration of the Operating Aid Contract with LAGIE).

The successful bids in the first category ranged between €94.97 and €104.00 per MWh and have a combined capacity of 4.8 MW. The main share of the PV capacity awarded came in the second category, where winning bids ranged between €79.97 and €88.00 per MWh for a cumulative capacity of 35.2 MW.

Participating bidders who secured capacities for PV projects included ELPE Renewables, the Mouratoglou Group, Juwi Hellas and Aten.

For the PV projects that were selected through the pilot competitive process the activation of the connection to the grid will have to take place:

  • Within 18 months from the final result of the competitive process for PV stations ≤1 MWp (1st Category),
  • Within 24 months from the final result of the competitive process for PV stations >1 MWp (2nd Category).

According to the market participants the first competition for RES (PV) projects in Greece was very successful. The intensive competition (during the bidding process) drove prices down to levels of about 15% below the starting price, however the final price deemed as a satisfactory level for investors.

Based on the abovementioned tendering process the 1st competition for Wind Projects will be carried out in Greece within 2017 (probably in the 2nd semester of the year).

According to initial indications more and more interested companies is going to invest in the highly promising RES market in Greece from 2017 onwards.

[!] Invest in the future by investing in the highly promising Greek RES market [!]

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-| On the road to Grecovery – The Hellinikon Mega Project: A new era for Greece’s economy and real market has just begun |-

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From the second semester of 2016 is expected to begin the sustainable economic growth in Greece after more than eight (8) consecutive years of unprecedented economic crisis and deep recession. More and more investors and funds from all over the world bet Greece will be on the road to economic recovery (from Greek economic crisis to Grecovery) sooner than it was expected. Particularly, Greece’s GDP growth rate is expected to be positive from the 2nd semester of the current year and the said growth will escalate at a much more rapid pace from 2017 onwards.

Therefore, Greece can be treated as an emerging economy and market. As a consequence, new investments opportunities will arise in the coming years from several promising economic sectors of the Greek market like Tourism Sector, Real Estate, Greek RES Market (Large-scale Wind and PV projects), Maritime Sector, New Technologies and Research, Capital Market (via Athens Stock Exchange/ASE), Agricultural Sector and Logistics.  

Greece’s economy key facts:

GDP (2016): $195 bil. – Market size (population, 2011): 10.8 mil.

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Given the above analysis, the master plan for the implementation of the Hellinikon mega project is a strong message to investors around the world that Greece’s economy will return to positive growth rates. The Hellinikon project is the creation of a new face for the location of the former International Airport in coastal Athens (Hellinikon site). It will change the view of the coastal area, bringing thousands of work positions and millions of tourists in Attica region.

The Hellinikon project is the largest urban regeneration/real estate investment project throughout Europe and worldwide, as the property is more than three times larger than the size of Monaco, more than two times the size of Hyde Park in London and almost two times the size of central part in New York. In particular, the development and implementation of the said project will be an important evidence that Greece can attract and implement highly ambitious investment plans. 

Once completed, the Hellinikon project is expected to have a very positive impact on Greek economy and especially in tourism sector with an additional increase of 1,000,000 tourists per annum.

The basic design of the project includes the upgrading of the beach, residential developments, superregional and local commerce, hotel facilities and recreational areas, utilization of the Olympic facilities and the creation of new sports facilities, a new golf course, venues that highlight Greece’s cultural heritage, educational facilities and research centers etc.

Moreover, within the project’s framework the investors undertake the creation, financing and maintenance of the largest Greek — and one of the largest in the world — Metropolitan Green and Recreational Park, which jointly with the public use green areas of the site will cover and aggregate area of 2,600,000 sq.m. or 42 percent of the entire site. They will undertake the financing and construction of all transport infrastructure, public facilities and utilities networks, all necessary port works, the creation of 50 km of sidewalks and bicycle paths which will create the necessary connection with the existing and the new rail networks, the underground routing of parts of Posidonos Av., the renovation and operation of all listed buildings within the site, as well as the creation of a 1 kilometer beach with free-access to the public. It is mentioned that “Varis-Koropiou” Avenue will connect the “Hellinikon Mega Project” and the modern Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”.

This is an important step towards the direction of investment, employment, exploitation of new opportunities and of attracting international capital in the country.

The project will have multiple positive effects on other sectors and activities, it will create new expertise and a very large area will gain immense utility value for millions of Greek and foreign citizens. The contribution to the country’s GDP is expected to reach 2%, securing significant income for the Greek State and social security, which in the span of 25 years, is expected to reach cumulatively 10 billion euros.

Most importantly, this investment due to its size and qualitative characteristics, will install an important development axis in the economy of the country, and especially that of the Attica basin, which will become a reference point for many decades.

According to the competent company Lamda development, the development on Hellinikon is expected to create 10,000 direct jobs and boost the construction and real estate sectors, which have been severely struck during the years of the prolonged economic crisis. At full development the Hellinikon project is expected to employ approximately 70,000 people.

-|| The Hellinikon Mega Project is going to radically upgrade Greece’s position in the international business/investment environment ||-

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Hellinikon Mega Project 

A new era for Greece’s economy – A new living standard for Athens wider metropolitan area

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The new face of the former International Airport of Athens will soon be a fact. In the beginning of 2017 will start the construction of the project. This is definitively the most inspired urban development project ever designed in Athens wider metropolitan area, Greece and worldwide.

-| 2016 will be just the beginning of a long-term turnaround story for Greece’s economy and real market |-

[!] I wish you all from the bottom of my heart a healthy, creative, highly prosperous, blissful and productive 2016 [!]

 

|> Furthermore, I strongly believe that 2016 will be the beginning of a long-term turnaround story for Greece’s emerging economy and real market with positive GDP growth rate and strong recovery!  

Besides, more and more investors and funds from all over the world bet that Greece will survive and thrive!

|> After eight (8) years of deep financial crisis (recession, deflation, frighteningly high unemployment rate and unprecedented demographic collapse) Greece is very likely to return to substantial economic growth from the middle of 2016 onwards. Therefore, we have to make a very serious effort to regain financial stability.

|> [!] We have no option other than fighting up to death for economic freedom [!]

<|> Καλή δύναμη Ελλάδα! Ευτυχές, πνευματοφόρο και παραγωγικό το νέο έτος Πατρίδα! <|>

-|| 2016 αγωνιστικές ευχές σε όλο τον κόσμο ||-

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-|| Athens, Greece -|- The best city to visit in the world ||-

Athens, the capital city of Greece, is one of the oldest cities in the world and now the financial and spiritual center of modern Greece. Particularly, the total population of the metropolitan area of Athens is larger than 3.7 million out of 10.8 million which is the total population of Greece according to the latest official census (2011). Therefore, Athens is by far the largest city in Greece (second largest city is Thessaloniki with a total metropolitan population of about 1.1 million).

The enchanting capital of Greece is the birthplace of some of the most influential philosophers the world has ever known. Furthermore, Athens is known as the birthplace of democracy and the cradle of Western civilization. Consisting of an urban district and metropolitan area, a large city center, Athens offers a confusing blend of both modern and historical features. Major Athens attractions include Acropolis, Plaka District, Ancient Agora (the oldest mall and ‘stock’ exchange market in the world), Erectheum, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Syntagma Square, National Archaeological Museum, Mount Lycabettus, New Acropolis Museum and National Garden.

Apart from the above, the wider metropolitan area of Athens has important modern business centers. In particular Athens and Greece in general are not only history. The capital of Greece is not only a beautiful city with wonderful places and tourism attractions. Athens is also a promising place to invest, providing substantial opportunities, characteristic of an emerging stock (Athens Stock Exchange/ASE) and real market.

[!] Visit Athens & Invest in Greece from 2016 onwards [!] -|| It’s the right time ||-