Question: How many commercial installations for net metering have you carried out with KOSTAL?
Nick Varnas: With KOSTAL, we have carried out installations for both net metering and selling electricity to the grid. More specifically, we have a portfolio of installed projects with KOSTAL inverters of more than 3 MW for projects from 5 kW to 800 kW.
Question: Do you use the free KOSTAL Solar Portal to easily monitor your system remotely?
Nick Varnas: Yes, we have a portfolio of installed projects with a total output of more than 3 MW, which we monitor using the KOSTAL Solar Portal.
Question: Are you planning to have PV systems with batteries or wallboxes for charging electric cars?
Nick Varnas: Yes, our company is planning to have PV systems in combination with battery systems for both car chargers and autonomous systems. Incidentally, our company has licences for power generation with energy storage batteries with an installed capacity of 50 MW, which will be implemented in line with the new legal framework in Greece for providing services on the medium-voltage grid.
Question: What are your plans for the future?
Nick Varnas: We would like to further expand our activities in the PV system installation industry. The main priority is to provide our customers with high-quality services and to continually support them. Of course, we would also like to build on our close collaboration with KOSTAL. KOSTAL has the right product portfolio for this, consisting of inverters, energy meters, wallboxes and monitoring tools.
Question: Tell us a little more about VARNAS ETE.
Nick Varnas: Our company has been in the construction business since 1988 and has carried out numerous projects, mainly in the electromechanical field and many of those in the public sector, as the company holds a contractor's licence.
It has a high level of technical expertise in electromechanical installations and automation, both on an industrial scale and in water supply and irrigation systems. In 2010, the company became involved in photovoltaic systems and carried out its first projects in line with the institutional framework in force at the time.
The PIKO CI is the ideal project inverter for the commercial sector
The PIKO CI is KOSTAL Solar Electric's answer to the demand for projects both large and small in the commercial sector. Depending on requirements, the PIKO CI is available with 30, 50 or 60 kW. For maximum flexibility, multiple PIKO CIs can be connected using daisy chain communication. The free PIKO CI app and the KOSTAL Solar App guarantee quick commissioning and detailed monitoring. In addition, KOSTAL is continually expanding its repertoire of partnerships with renowned battery manufacturers. In combination with the PLENTICORE BI battery inverter, this guarantees a highly efficient system for successfully moving towards self-sufficiency. This is particularly attractive in markets that do not allow net metering.