Construction of Kafireas, Enel Green Power’s latest wind power endeavour set in the Greek island of Evia, is riding along the winds of sustainability. Fortunately, real wind will be soon blowing along the centuries-old chestnuts of Kastanologgos, courtesy of the reforestation plan agreed by EGP with local authorities.
Kastanologgos is a chestnut grove located around 1000 meters high on the eastern flank of Mount Ochi. A few old and resilient chestnuts is all that’s left of a lush greenery that covered the entire mountain ridge.
Surviving trees have now earned a “natural monument” status, most importantly from a biodiversity point of view, since throughout the country, all but a few “ancient” chestnuts like those found in Kastanologgos are still accounted for.
The Enel Green Power reforestation plan in Kastanologgos will play out shortly and is slated to end by 2021. This will be followed by a monitoring plan lasting 3 to 5 years, before this project can be deemed as complete and the management of chestnuts be handed over to forestry authorities.
Safeguarding and innovation
In order to safeguard trees and preventing the spread of diseases and parasites, harvesting fruits will be carried out first on local plants. This will subsequently lead to the real reforestation plan: all plants that feature in this reforestation are bee-friendly, paving the way for a big-style return of beekeeping and livestock rearing that are part of Mount Ochi’s heritage.
The reforestation area was drawn up by forestry authorities as mandated by relevant Greek law. The Kafireas wind farm, as with other wind farms operating in Greece, belong to Wind Priority Areas (WPA). After many obstacles the wind farm passed the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), as it provided an in-depth analysis on the local environmental footprint of the facility, focusing on every aspect of its life cycle: from construction to standard operations, right until its dismantling.
The reforestation plan for Kastanologgos is one of the goals that make up the framework regulating the wind farm’s construction, fully abiding by the Creating Shared Value model put in place for Kafireas.
Once the Kafireas wind farm, just a stone’s throw from the hamlet of Karystos, is at full capacity, its 154 MW installed capacity will place it in the first place of the country’s largest wind farms.