Saturday, during the International Trade Fair at Thessaloniki, the Prime Minister of Greece made his keynote speech, outlining the Government’s program and priorities for the next 12 months with which to rejuvenate the economy.
He made special mention of the Minos 50MW CSP project, the only power generation project mentioned in his speech. He described it as one of the ‘key green projects’ and as a “strategic investment”.
The project has continued and increasing government support and is at the focus of public attention.
Energy production needs to be combined with the protection of natural resources and the reduction in emissions of Carbon dioxide. Energy Production shall not continue undisturbed without going along with environmental protection for the common good of people and environment.
The country needs to solidify its independence from carbon.
To gain lost ground in the utilisation of mild sources of energy, for which it has a substantial competitive advantage.
The share of Renewable Energy sources in the total energy production can reach, in the medium term, 35% instead of 31% which was initially forecast. This is possible.
One example only:
The next inter-ministerial committee on strategic investments will approve a new Concentrated Solar Thermal power plant with molten salt technology on Crete. It is a green investment of 250m€. By itself it can cover 10% of power requirement of Crete and will provide 500 jobs on the island during construction.