Greenpeace: the benefits of the virtual net metering

Posted on March 03, 2016
The Greenpeace took seriously the proposal of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to the farmers for introducing the possibility rural photovoltaic installation with virtual energy clearing and stressed once again the benefits that can bring this measure if extended to households, businesses and public sector.
 
The self-production of free solar electricity from the point of consumption (virtual net-metering), can help hundreds of thousands of small and medium enterprises, farmers and households simply to gain access to the sun and to address effectively the high energy costs.
 
"The development and social benefits for the country in the near future expected huge as to enhance the competitiveness of the economy and the income of hundreds of thousands of citizens and companies will give impetus to a difficult time," says Greenpeace calls on the Government to proceed directly to the creation the institutional framework for self-production virtual (virtual net-metering) that will cover the entire inclusive society.
 
Today hundreds of thousands of businesses, farmers and households have severe problems with their high electricity bills. The current law on self-production energy (net metering) for photovoltaics essentially excludes those who do not have specific requirements, ie suitable place (roof, loft) or access to financing, leading inevitably to blockages many small and medium enterprises, hotels, farmers and poorer households.
 
The Benefits of virtual net metering
 
Instead, the completion of the institutional framework for self-production that includes the virtual net-metering:
 
Will enable thousands of small and medium-sized businesses that do not have their own roof to offset their consumption with a system located in another area (building, land, etc.).
 
Will enable farmers to put solar panels on different parcels and solar energy production to offset the consumption of a single counter.
 
Will allow thousands of households without access to a roof to do the same with a system located in another area (eg, setting, plot, etc.).
 
Will enable municipalities to make open spaces (eg schools terraces) to produce their own clean energy that will offset the consumption of other municipal buildings and services.
 
It will give impetus to cooperative schemes and local communities who wish to invest in decentralized renewable energy applications.
 
It will allow PPC to help hundreds of thousands of low-income households to obtain their own free solar system and to tackle energy poverty.
 
"The country is at the zero point, society can not afford more inequality. Desperately needs a positive development, one good news - and most importantly - hope and vision. The prime minister's initiative to offer virtual net metering farmers is a positive step, but it sends a wrong message discrimination and disadvantage the rest of society. The sun must shine for all, "said Takis Grigoriou, head of Greenpeace's campaign on climate change and energy.
 
What Requested by Greenpeace
 
Greenpeace demands from the government to ensure that every household and business has access to the Greek sun, improving the institutional framework for self-production with:
 
* The possibility of virtual self-production (virtual net-metering)
 
* The possibility of using space owned by third parties who will help develop the energy services for households and businesses (through leasing services)
 
* Removing unjustified charges on auto-producers (such as SGI and ETMEAR) that increase ROI
 
* Exploiting certain existing sources (such as revenues from auctioning emissions) for funding systems in lower income groups.
 
The problem is that when the prime minister threw the table with farmers the proposal for a 'virtual energy offsetting "probably did not know even what is normal net metering.
 
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