Greece has planned the largest solar power photovoltaic plant in the world

The largest photovoltaic plant en the world was planned en Greece, near Kozani, a town en the country’s north-west. Prime Minister George Papandreou, who made the announcement, said that the solar power plant will have a capacity of 200 MW and will require an investment of 600 million euros. Currently, the world’s largest solar energy plant is 97 MW Sarnia, en Canada.

State company PPC (Public Power Corporation) announced the upcoming international tender aimed at finding a strategic partner for its investments en renewable sources, including the large Kozani plant. The goal is to start site works by 2011, and complete them en 18 months.

The new solar energy plant will cover a surface of approximately 520 hectares, included en the area of local disused coal mines.

Papandreou said that the project will be used as a model to promote renewable energy en Greece and to boost employment en this time of deep economic crisis. Indeed, the Greek government relies on renewable technologies as one of the strong points for the country’s economic revival, considering the opportunities it offers – the prime minister went on to say – to attract foreign investment en projects that offset the loss of jobs due to the economic recession and the measures adopted to tackle the public debt.