Greek municipalities go solar

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The Greek Interior Ministry will use European Union funds to upgrade local government infrastructure and management practices. The goal is to help local governments improve their services while also reducing their cost and increasing their income.

The ministry has prioritized and specified the areas of action in need of reform. One of these areas is renewable energy and environmental protection. With the installation of solar PV systems in municipality buildings, the government aims to reduce the environmental impact of the local government and provide income through the sale of the generated power.

Funding for the program, the ministry said, is estimated at €6 million and will come specifically through the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF), the reference document used to secure European Union funds at the national level.

The Greek Interior Ministry did not respond to a request for information by pv magazine on what percentage of the €6 million was going to be invested towards solar PV projects and whether there were projections on the anticipated solar PV capacity to be installed.

Pyrgos installs 200 solar powered bus stops

Meanwhile, the Pyrgos municipality, the capital of Elis in western Peloponnese, announced the installation of stand-alone solar photovoltaic systems on the roofs of 200 bus stops.

The project has a €301,305 budget, which includes both the supply and the installation of solar systems, and is going to be auctioned in the following weeks. It will also be financed by NSRF funds via the Environment and Sustainable Development Program, managed by the Greek Ministry of Energy.

Sotiris Maravelis, of the Environment and Sustainable Development Program, told pv magazine the project’s cumulative capacity is only going to be 6 KW. The project also aims to increase public awareness, he added.