Center For Renewable Energy Sources (CRES)


The Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) is the Greek national entity for the promotion of renewable energy sources, rational use of energy and energy conservation.
In the modern demanding energy sector CRES is dynamically active, in the frame of the national and Community policy and legislation, for the protection of the environment and sustainable development.
Working in the state of the art of technology development, CRES implements innovative projects and significant activities for the promotion and market penetration of new energy technologies.

The Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) is the Greek organisation for Renewable Energy Sources (RES), Rational Use of Energy (RUE) and Energy Saving (ES). CRES has been appointed as the national co-ordination centre in its areas of activity (Law 2244/94 and Law 2702/99).

CRES was founded in September 1987 by Presidential Decree 375/87. It is a public entity, supervised by the Ministry of Development, General Secretariat of Research and Technology, and has financial and administrative independence.

Its main goal is the research and promotion of RES/RUE/ES applications at a national and international level, as well as the support of related activities taking into consideration the principles of sustainable developement.

The Centre is managed by a seven-member Board of Directors, which includes representatives from the General Secretariat of Research and Technology/Ministry of Development, the PPC (Public Power Corporation)and the Association of Greek Industries.

CRES has a scientific staff of more than 120 highly experienced and specialised scientists, and engineers. The organisational structure of CRES is made up of the following basic units:

  • Division of Renewable Energy Sources

  • Division of Energy Efficiency

  • Division of Energy Policy and planning

  • Division of Development Programmes

  • Division of Financial and Administrative Services

Furthermore, there are two seperate offices

  • Quality Assurance Office 
  • Legal Services


Address: 19th km Marathonos Ave, 19009, Pikermi Attiki Greece | Telephone+30210 6603300 | Fax +30210 6603301/302 | e-mail: