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Installation of first municipal solar power plant in Cyprus to start in September

Aradippou first municipal solar power plant Cyprus

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August 29, 2023

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The town of Aradippou near Larnaca is about to start building the first municipal solar power plant in Cyprus.

The consortium of firms S. Hadjichristofi Construction, Inteso Construction and Tques was hired for the construction of a photovoltaic facility of 3 MW. The Municipality of Aradippou in Larnaca district allocated EUR 3.1 million for the purpose.

The local authority said it would use the electricity for public lighting on streets and roads. Mayor Evangelos Evangelidis signed the contract on behalf of the municipality.

The works are scheduled to start in December, according to the announcement. The contractors have 15 months to complete the job.

It will be the first municipal solar power plant in Cyprus. The Agios Fanourios site spans 4.7 hectares.

Municipal authorities and their local utilities and institutions throughout Southeastern Europe are increasingly turning to renewable energy to lower their bills. The first step is usually to install solar panels on the roofs of public buildings. Some countries have allowed local authorities to form or participate in energy communities and cooperatives as well.

A utility firm owned by the City of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina recently got a concession approved for a solar park of 50 MW. It would be the first big municipal solar power plant in the Western Balkans.

As for the rest of the region that Balkan Green Energy News covers, last month the Municipality of Suceava in northeastern Romania revealed plans for a 19.9 MW solar power plant. The local authority said it would submit an application to the Ministry of Energy for funding for the project, valued at EUR 21.2 million excluding VAT.

The facility would span 32 hectares in the area of a formal combined heat and power plant. It will be used to provide electricity for public lighting, educational institutions, public buildings and public transportation, the municipality said.

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