Greece’s Public Power Corp (PPC) has announced that it has launched Europe’s second hybrid renewable energy park, combining wind and hydraulic power, on the island of Ikaria. The first hybrid plant was launched in 1983 on Kythnos island.
The park is part of the utility’s vision to turn many of Greece’s off-grid islands into renewably powered ones
The 6.9 megawatt project – alike to one located on El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands – will swap part of the power now produced by an oil-fired station on Ikaria, cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 13,800 tonnes a year.
It will permit Ikaria to meet 50% of its energy needs through renewable sources. Recent commitment to shut down coal-fired plants generating nearly 2 gigawatts of power in the coming years under a European policy to fight climate change and high CO2 emission costs has prompted PPC to refocus on renewables after 1983
The system comprises of:
The 50-million-euro ($56.32 million) hybrid station fits in with Greece’s plans to double green energy in power generation by 2030 to cut its above-EU average reliance on imported oil and on coal.
Greece wants to cut the share of coal and other fossil fuel in its power generation mix by more than a third and achieve a 48% share of wind and solar by 2030, from the current level of 26%. PPC has said it plans to spend about 600 million euros on solar, wind and small hydroelectric projects to quadruple its renewables capacity to 640 megawatts by 2022.
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