Enel Commissions Largest Wind Energy Facility in Greece

Enel Commissions Largest Wind Energy Facility in Greece

Enel Green Power Hellas has commissioned the Kafireas wind farm complex, the largest of its kind in Greece with an overall capacity of more than 154 MW.

Enel Wind Energy Greece

Enel, through its Greek renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power Hellas (EGPH), has connected to the grid its new Kafireas wind farm complex, which is the largest of its kind in Greece with an overall capacity of more than 154 MW. Located in the municipality of Karystos (Evia), Kafireas involved an overall investment of around 300 million euros.

EGPH already operates two winad farms in the municipality of Karystos, the 7.5 MW Iliolousti I and the 9 MW Iliolousti II. The company is a leading owner and operator of renewable plants in Greece; with Kafireas, the company will reach over 460 MW of installed capacity, from wind (approximately 354 MW), solar (around 90 MW) and hydro (about 20 MW).

Antonio Cammisecra, Enel Green Power CEO, said the firm has reached a significant milestone by connecting to the grid the largest wind project in Greece, one of the first countries where it started its renewable journey more than a decade ago.

“Kafireas underscores our global commitment to renewable energy and decarbonisation, in line with our pursuit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, as well as our commitment to a diversified generation mix at country level. On top of the supply of zero-emission energy nationwide, this project also has a strong local focus, as we are supporting our stakeholders in Evia by backing sustainability initiatives aimed at enhancing the island’s economy, alongside undertaking environmental protection activities,” he said.

The Kafireas facility, which is a cluster of seven wind farms for a total of 67 turbines, will be capable of generating approximately 480 GWh per year, which is set to reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by 315,000 tonnes annually. The facility is supported by a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Hellenic Electricity Market Operator (DAPEEP).

The construction of the wind project has implemented Enel’s “Sustainable Construction Site” model, involving the recycling of 550,000 tonnes of soil and stones excavated during construction to revert an inactive quarry to nature, as well as the reuse of 10 tonnes of construction materials like wooden pallets, in cooperation with the local community, to fix the stables of local shepherds.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.