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Apollon Project Integration

Apollon Project Integration

Support for vulnerable households, prefectures, and municipalities through Energy Communities.

"Apollon" constitutes the largest energy aggregation program in the country, combining energy and social policies.
Through the installation of new RES (Renewable Energy Sources) stations and the implementation of virtual net metering simultaneously, "Apollon" contributes to:

  • Supporting energy-vulnerable households, specifically those eligible for Welfare Electricity Pricing Type A, households with an annual income below 5,400 euros, covering 90% of their energy consumption. Reducing energy costs for primary and secondary local authorities (OTA), water supply and sewerage companies (DEYA), and regional entities (GOEB/TOEB), covering 50% of their consumption.
Velocity Energy Consulting provides specialized consulting services for integration into the Apollon project. Experienced energy consultants ensure the smooth implementation of the program's three phases.

Who benefits from "Apollon"?

The “Apollon” Program is aimed at all regions, municipalities, DEYAs, GOEB/TOEB, and vulnerable households in the country.

The goal is, through “Apollon” – where technically feasible and based on the evolution of connections – for 13 regions and 332 municipalities to benefit from part of the electrical energy they consume in their municipal buildings, street lighting, pumping stations, and 127,500 beneficiaries of Welfare Electricity Pricing.

Moreover, 9,455 consumption points of DEYAs and 3,570 consumption points serving the needs of GOEB/TOEB will be covered.

How will "Apollon" be implemented to meet the required consumption?

The development of RES stations is planned through competitive tenders nationwide, targeting RES projects that have secured connection terms to the grid. The energy they produce will be virtually net metered with the required consumption of the beneficiaries.

In absolute terms, this means activating over 1 GW of RES projects, leading to further market stimulation and new job opportunities.

For the program’s purposes, the Energy Communities model will be utilized. Each region will establish a Citizens’ Energy Community, involving the respective OTAs, GOEB-TOEB, and DEYAs.

All consumption points will be gathered for virtual net metering, studying specific consumption profiles to determine the energy needs that RES stations must cover.

Subsequently, competitive procedures will be conducted for each region, where interested RES stations will offer financial bids (€/MWh) for the required energy quantity.

Selected RES stations will be compensated for the energy they produce and virtually net meter with the beneficiaries’ consumption for a 20-year duration.

The location of the RES stations participating in the program will be independent of the region to which the Energy Community belongs, and consumption will be virtually net metered.

How are RES stations compensated, and what is the burden on electricity suppliers?

A Support Agreement for RES Stations (SARS) will be signed with the Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) to determine the compensation for a specific quantity of energy virtually net metered.

Simultaneously, a virtual net metering agreement will be signed, as previously applied, for the beneficiaries virtually net metered from RES stations. The major difference is the implementation of virtual synchronous net metering, defining compensation for RES stations and the method of consumption net metering. However, this differentiation serves as the major safety mechanism for electricity suppliers, optimizing their participation cost in wholesale markets.

What are the stages and the implementation timeline for "Apollon"?

The program is designed in three implementation phases:

Phase A:

  • Establishment of legal entities per region
  • Study of beneficiaries’ energy needs and specific consumption profiles
  • Estimation of required RES projects
  • Determination of energy for virtual net metering and synchronous virtual net metering

Phase B:

  • Tender announcements to select contractors for RES projects that will cover the energy needs of Energy Communities with their produced energy.

Phase C:

  • Construction and commissioning of projects.
  • Determination of the entity responsible for managing the produced energy and the energy net metering of the beneficiaries.
The implementation of all three phases until the operation of all projects covering all regions – if technically feasible – is estimated to take 36 months from today.

Integration into the program with the contribution of Velocity Energy Consulting

Velocity Energy Consulting provides specialized consulting services for integration into the Apollon project. Experienced energy consultants ensure the smooth conduct of all three phases of the program’s implementation. Specifically, Velocity Energy Consulting undertakes the following:
  • Establishment and organization of a Municipal Energy Community: We handle the entire process of creating the community and integrating the municipality’s legal entities into it, according to the nature and needs of each infrastructure and stakeholder.
  • Evaluation and analysis of the energy profile of municipal infrastructure and beneficiaries of Welfare Electricity Pricing (KOT): We prioritize municipal entities, building infrastructure, and social groups, ensuring that available green energy is provided where there is a genuine need.
  • Preliminary study for sizing a photovoltaic system with storage: We design photovoltaic stations that, in combination with battery systems, will maximize electricity generation within the energy market and deliver maximum possible economic benefits to the beneficiaries.

CONTACT FORM

Please fill out the contact form with Velocity ‘s consultants, and we will get in touch with you to develop the integration strategy of your Municipality into the
Apollon Project.