Greece: Renewable energy projects up 74% in 2011, ministry

10 April, 12:59

(ANSAmed) - ATHENS, APRIL 10 - The power of photovoltaic systems operating in Greece more than tripled in 2011, compared with 2010, while the capacity of renewable energy sources grew by 74% last year, Athens News Agency reports quoting the Environment, Energy and Climate Change ministry as saying. A survey, presented by the ministry, showed that total power capacity of renewable energy sources grew by 770 MW in 2011 to surpass 2,500 MW in the year. Photovoltaic systems recorded the biggest growth rate (from 198 MW in 2010 to 626 MW in 2011, for an increase of 215%). Windpower parks remained the dominant technology with a total power capacity of 1,636 MW in 2011, from 1,300 MW in 2010, while small hydroelectric power units grew by 5% to 206 MW. The ministry stressed that energy projects, with a total power of 2,530 MW were currently in contracting process (up 185% from 2010), creating hopes of a rapid growth in power capacity next year, while installation licenses grew 10% in 2011 and production licenses rose by 51% over the same period.


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