The island of Poros – a 90-minute ferry ride from Piraeus – will be the third in Greece to go “green” and use renewable energy sources, following Astypalaia and Halki, relying more on wind and solar.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, speaking at the United Nations 28th Climate Change conference, this one in Dubai, announced Poros will be GR-Eco Islands sustainability program, the world slow to further adopt renewables.
The redirection on Poros will be aided by the United Arab Emirates company Masdar, one of the world’s largest working with renewable energy sources although oil and gas remain the most dominant supplies..
The agreement for the funding of Poros’ green transformation was signed by the Greek Environment and Energy Ministry and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC – Masdar, at COP28’s Greek Pavillion.
Mitsotakis said that Poros was chosen because, unlike Astypalaia and Halki, is close to Athens and the mainland and is a popular sailing spot “which means that ideas about ‘cold ironing’ can also be tried out, namely how we can transform port infrastructures so as to have a clear green footprint.”
Cold ironing uses shoreside electrical power to a ship at berth while its main and auxiliary engines are turned off. It allows emergency equipment, refrigeration, cooling, heating, lighting and other equipment to receive continuous electrical power while the ship loads or unloads its cargo.
In April, the remote island of Astypalaia in the Dodecanese, where the government and Volkswagen are conducting a smart mobility pilot program, moved to get away from using generators for power by using solar.
PPC Renewables, the green energy unit of the state utility company PPC, won a tender to build a 3.5 MW solar project and a 5 MW/10 MWh battery system there, said PV Magazine.
The VW project is for ride-sharing and car sharing on an island that’s renowned as one of the country’s most genuine and charming because of its seclusion and far fewer number of tourists overrunning it.
It has only about 1,500 permanent residents relying on generators for their power but that’s set to change at the same time the New Democracy government wants more solar in use around the country.
PPC Renewables Chief Executive Konstantinos Mavros told the magazine that construction of the solar-plus-storage plant is expected to start in about six Existing diesel generators will remain in place to power the rest of the island and Mavros said that PPC Renewables is committed to expanding the hybrid project in about three to four years, to cover more than 80 percent.
The magazine noted that other islands with smart projects include Naxos, Halki and Tilos as part of the Gr-Eco Islands Initiative, which aims to deploy green tech in the Aegean Sea archipelago in the scheme.
It’s a 100 million euro ($99 million) initiative but the details haven’t been fully fleshed out but the government has said that switching to sustainable alternatives is needed to further wean off Russia energy supplies.