The largest double-sided solar farm in Europe opens in Greece

The Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, inaugurated a new solar park on April 6, 2022. It is Europe’s most extensive system with two-sided, or bifacial, panels.

The park will supply power to 75,000 households and connect to the country’s power grid in the coming weeks.

“This project reflects our national goals for cheap and clean energy from the sun, wind, and water,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said at the park’s inauguration.

He added that his government would speed up permits for renewable energy projects as the country seeks to avoid polluting and costly imported fossil fuels. 

Greece strives to increase its installed capacity from renewables to about 19 GW by 2030. This aim follows the European Commission’s new drive to end reliance on Russian gas by 2027 and accelerate the transition to green energy. 

According to the European Union statistics office, Greece overcame its 2020 goal by tapping renewables for 21.7% of its energy consumption and aims to increase the figure to 35% by 2030.

The solar park in the northern Greek town of Kozani, with a capacity of 204 MW, was built by Hellenic Petroleum, Greece’s biggest oil refiner and one of the largest oil companies in the Balkans. Nevertheless, the company wants to proceed with a transformation into clean energy. During this procedure, Hellenic Petroleum has installed the largest solar park in Greece, and there is a thought of adding battery storage as well.

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