As part of its Social and Environmental Investment (SEI) programme, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline’s (TAP) operator fully funded the construction of five photovoltaic parks in the Municipality of Kastoria, Western Macedonia, Greece, with a total installed capacity of 0.5 megawatts (MW) and a value of approximately 700,000 euros.
The project has been realised in cooperation with the Local Land Management Organisations and will benefit approximately 2,000 people living within the neighbouring communities. More specifically, 1,085 solar panels were installed by offsetting the environmental footprint of irrigation in the area of Kastoria.
The project, designed to enable net-metering, can allow local farmers to reduce irrigation-related energy costs and improve the efficiency of irrigation networks and processes, contributing to the market competitiveness of their agricultural products.
The regional governor of Western Macedonia, George Kasapidis, welcomed the completion of the construction of the photovoltaic parks and thanked TAP for the good cooperation with the region. He also underlined the significant contribution of this project to the sustainable development of the area, noting the important role of the Region of Western Macedonia in the energy transition of the country.
The mayor of Kastoria, Ioannis Korentsidis, also referred to the benefits of the photovoltaic parks for the region, emphasising their contribution to the reduction of energy costs for farmers.
“The photovoltaic parks in Kastoria reflect TAP’s vision to contribute to a sustainable energy future, by addressing the development priorities of local communities in sustainable ways,” said Ioannis Maris, TAP Country Representative Greece. “Western Macedonia is among the focus areas of the Greek energy and environmental policy for sustainable investments, and we are happy to have supported an initiative that can contribute to the energy transition in this region.”
TAP transports natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz field in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea to Europe. The 878 kilometres long pipeline connects with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border in Kipoi, crosses Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.