With modest wind resources, Cyprus has attracted developers with a generous tariff of EUR0.166/kWh for 20 years. Because the tariff applies to the first 165MW of capacity, progress on projects above that should slow until the new incentive is known. A preliminary CERA study has indicated the new tariff should be about EUR0.145/kWh.
Cyprus has so far enjoyed its experience with wind power. Wincono Cyprus managing director Sylvia Trabert says it has experienced no grid difficulties since its 31.5MW Alexigros wind farm was commissioned in November. Integration of wind into the grid may be facilitated by the 72-hour production forecasts that producers are required to provide daily to the transmission system operator (TSO).
"We have also experienced a lot of support and assistance from the utility EAC (Electricity Authority of Cyprus) and the TSO," notes Trabert. "This has helped overcome the typical teething problems, especially in a place where there is not a lot of experience with the operation of renewable-energy sources."