The Environmental Impact Assessment that performed, studied the total interaction and impact of the two wind parks, the solar park and the 400 kV Substation jointly, to the Environment. EIA approval has been issued for the whole project by the Central Environmental Authority (DIPA) in Athens.
This project will contribute substantially towards Greece meeting EU targets in cutting down greenhouse emissions, 360K t of CO2 and 4,750t of SO2 per year, & increase its renewables share until year 2020 and 2030.
The implementation of this large-scale project will provide multiple benefits to a region in Greece where unemployment is >40% with locals emigrating to other cities and abroad looking for job opportunities. Businesses are closing or moving to FYROM and Bulgaria.
During construction & operation, the project will give a boost to local economy by providing jobs to local labour and skilled professionals, as well as income to local businesses. Municipality & locals will benefit from a levy of 2.7% of the wind project’s gross income.