06.04.2022 / Press, Solar
In the Greek city of Kozani, juwi made an important contribution to the transformation of energy production in south-east Europe by handing over a utility-scale solar power plant to the Greek energy supplier HELPE.
By integrating renewable energies into the existing power infrastructure, dependency on fossil fuels, electricity costs and greenhouse gas emissions will be massively reduced. With a capacity of 204 megawatts, Kozani is the largest PV power plant in Europe using bi-facial solar modules. It is located approximately 500 kilometres north of Athens.
juwi Hellas S.A., the Greek subsidiary of the German project developer for renewable energies juwi, has handed over this outstanding power plant to the Greek energy supplier HELPE. The plant was constructed in just 18 months, in very complex terrain conditions and amidst obstacles due to Covid constrains. Service and maintenance for the new plant will be delivered by juwi’s O&M experts on behalf of the owner. As project developer and EPC partner, juwi was responsible for the development, planning, component procurement and implementation of the highly sophisticated solar components.
The power plant is located outside of Kozani, the capital of the northern Greek region of Western Macedonia, in a hilly area with a construction site area of 4.500 acres. The Kozani project consists of 18 project sites adding up to 204MW module capacity in total. JinkoSolar has delivered more than 500.000 bifacial modules to the project. The Kozani project will be delivering 320 million kilowatt-hours per annum, supplying electricity to more than 75.000 Greek households and avoiding 300.00 MT of CO2 emissions.
Takis Sarris, Managing Director of juwi Hellas S.A. says: “Famous engineer Charles Kettering once said, “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation”. Project Kozani is the highest achievement in the Greek renewable space and the lighthouse which signals the beginning of the De-lignitisation era in Western Macedonia. It was a long and difficult journey amidst two years of Covid lockdowns, but we are very proud to have managed to deliver an outstanding project to our partner HELPE. We hope this project will inspire others to dream more and do more. We are certainly going to do more as we further develop our 600MW pipeline in Greece”.
Stephan Hansen, Board Member of the juwi group and responsible for international activities, added: “A project like Kozani demonstrates that renewables are not only clean and cost effective but at the same time contribute to our energy independence. I‘m very proud of the achievement of the juwi team and want to thank all our partners for their contribution.”