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The Kafireas wind facility in Greece celebrates its first birthday, with 154.1 MW of sustainable renewable energy

The Kafireas wind facility in Greece celebrates its first birthday, with 154.1 MW of sustainable renewable energy

One year ago, seven wind farms went into operation at Karystos on the southern part of the island of Evia. We celebrate the first anniversary of a flagship project that generates more than 480 GWh per year.

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As we continue on our journey to a low-carbon economy and the energy transition, we celebrate the first anniversary of the largest wind farm complex in Greece. The Kafireas facility, which is located at Karystos on the island of Evia (or Euboea), features 67 turbines spread across seven wind farms. Its inauguration last year marked something of a turning point in Greece’s energy policy. Indeed, its importance was such that the Greek prime minister attended the opening ceremony. The project, which had an overall cost of 300 million euro, is set to reduce CO₂ emissions by nearly 315.000 tons annually.

 

Creating shared value

As with all of our power plants, at Kafireas we are committed to both renewable energy and community growth. In line with the Creating Shared Value (CSV) model, which combines business development and local community needs, Enel Green Power carried out a number of sustainability projects which were supported by local activities. These included hosting the Greek Mountain Bike Championship at the complex, (in line with SDGs 3 “Good Health and Well-being” and 11, “Sustainable Cities and Communities”), while Kafireas’s "Kissouri" honey has been recognized as a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) (in line with SDGs 8 “Decent Work and Economic Growth” and 15 “Life on Land”).

 

Sustainable construction

The construction of the complex was in line with Enel Green Power’s “Sustainable Construction Site” model, which was applied in Greece for the first time. It involved the recycling of 550,000 tons of soil and stones excavated during construction to help reconvert an inactive quarry back to nature, as well as the reuse of 10 tons of construction materials such as wooden pallets. This was in cooperation with the local community and helped fix stables used by shepherds. During the construction, two archeological sites came to light, a quarry and a temple. These have since been developed thanks to Enel Green Power’s contribution. Visitors are encouraged to discover the new findings and this will promote sustainable tourism, in addition to boosting the local economy.

 

Reforestation

The CSV model at Kafireas also saw a reforestation plan for Kastanologgos. This is a 64-hectare chestnut forest located 1,000 meters above sea level on the eastern flank of Mountain Ochi. A mini-documentary, “The Reforestation of Kastanologgos,” which shows the forest through the eyes of locals who reminisce about the past, also presents a scientific view of the reforestation process.

 

On the road to decarbonization

Enel Green Power is embracing sustainability in its business line as it is the only way we can guarantee added value for our business, while creating even more value, for the wellbeing of the communities where we operate, and our planet. In celebrating Kafirea’s anniversary, we are also celebrating our values and ways of doing business, both of which make us feel stronger as we continue on our journey towards decarbonization.

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