Thessaloniki high school installs Greece’s first virtual solar self-producing system – pending gov’t go-ahead

A Thessaloniki high school has become the first in Greece to install a virtual solar self-producing energy system, in a project undertaken by the central municipality and the Greek branch of Greenpeace.

They noted that the system was now ready to start operating, barring the necessary government approval.
In a first for Greece, the power produced by the 10kWp solar installation on the roof of the ‘Emmanouil Kriaras’ highschool will actually be used to cover the energy requirements of a municipal shelter for battered women and their children in a different location.

The Thessaloniki Municipality and Greenpeace on Monday called on the government to urgently issue a ministerial decision that will allow the system to operate, which now needs to be signed by the environment and energy ministry.

“On our side, we are ready. We are waiting, however, for the environment ministry to proceed with the signature of the ministerial decision required, which is the last step for the system’s operation, so as to not miss the summer season,” Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris said.

Boutaris said that the major benefit of virtual self-production was that the money saved by generating electricity from solar power could be used to cover the energy requirements for the hostel of women victims of domestic violence or other similar social structures in the future, as well as other renewable energy systems.

The head of Greenpeace Greece Nikos Charalambides, on his part, said that Greenpeace’s vision was to create a network of hundreds of cities in Greece that will use solar power to produce resources that will be directed toward new social and developmental action and “give municipality finances some breathing room.”