Cyprus has moved closer to reaching the European Union’s renewable energy target by 2020, with the birth of the first wind park on the island.
Expected to be operational by the summer of 2010, the 200 million euro, 82 megawatt (MW) wind farm will be the largest of its kind in the Mediterranean region.
“It is a very big project. Normally in Europe – especially in Greece and Spain – they consider 20 to 30 MW a huge project, so 82 MW is a massive project. It is the biggest in the region,” Akis Ellinas, chairman of D.K. Wind Supply Ltd., told Reuters in an interview ahead of the ground breaking ceremony on Thursday…
Once operational, the site — which is the first to benefit from the new 20 year fixed rate tariff recently approved by the Cyprus government and the EU Commission — will be home to 41 turbines, equivalent to producing 10 percent of the island’s total energy generation capacity.