Once an empire, Greece is now confronted with maybe the country’s most harsh economic crisis since its birth in ancient times. However, solar power seems to represent part of Greece’s salvation, just like Archimedes’ solar rays once saved them from the enemy.
Gioros Papaconstantinou, Greece’s Environment Minister, recently unveiled a $28 billion plan for building a 10 GW solar power plant throughout the country. The speech has been held at the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition from Hamburg, Germany.
The project’s timeline will span across a longer period of time. Papaconstantinou’s plans, as quoted by Reuters, are to have as much as 2.2 GW by 2020 and 10 GW by 2050, when Greece would actually be able to export the energy produced on its sunny locations.
Their achievements are so far well behind their dreams, as the country only had 150 MW installed in 2010, with plans to double the figure in 2011.
Greece’s audacity regarding the installment of this huge project is partly based on the fact that they benefit from the Sun more than many of the rest of European countries, and partly from the government’s self-confidence that they’ll ease up the licensing protocols in such a degree that investors would find it a breeze building solar power plants into their locations, plus that it will generate numerous green jobs countrywide.