Debt-hit Greece plans to build the world’s largest solar park over depleted coal mines in the northern city of Kozani, Prime Minister George Papandreou said this week.
The cost is estimated to 600 million euros ($807 million) with a capacity of 200 megawatts (MW).
The project’s electricity output will be “greater than any other photovoltaic park operational in the world until now,” prime minister Papandreou told a development event in Kozani.
An international tender to be organised from the state-run Public Power Corporation (PPC), to find a strategic investor for the solar park.
Papandreou said the project will serve as a model for the development of renewable energy and will boost employment, and to gradually shift electricity production away from lignite, a heavily polluting form of coal.