Greece fully supplied by renewables for the first time

Greek independent transmission system operator IPTO S.A. has announced that the country’s electricity demand was met exclusively by renewables for at least five hours last Friday (Oct. 7). At 8 a.m. GTM, a peak of 3,106 megawatts of renewable energy capacity was reached. A spokesperson for IPTO confirmed to PHOTON that this was a first for Greece. However, lignite-fired power plants were not shut down, but the electricity was sold abroad.
Such situations, however, are to be expected more and more frequently in the future; already on Sunday, there was again a temporary full supply from renewable energies. In the first eight months of this year, solar and wind power accounted for 37.5 percent of the electricity supply in Greece, while large-scale hydropower provided another 8.6 percent.

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