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13 December 2021

What is the Chalki GR-eco Islands National Initiative?


The GR-eco Islands national initiative aims to transform the Greek islands into models of clean energy transition, green economy, energy self-sufficiency and digital innovations.

Within this framework, on November 5, the Greek Prime Minister Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, inaugurated in Chalki island the first project; a partnership of Greek and French companies, under the coordination of the Ministry of Environment and Energy. 

The project includes the construction and operation of a 1 MWp photovoltaic system that will fully cover the needs of the residents who will participate through the recently established ChalkiON Energy Community in the production and consumption of clean energy.

In addition, the project involves the upgrade of public lighting using smart management systems, the upgrade of telecommunications services to further support e-learning and telemedicine, the provision of six electric vehicles and corresponding chargers and an electric boat that moves using solar panels.

The savings are estimated at a total of 180,000-250,000 euros per year, while “green” energy from photovoltaics replaces electricity production using oil from the nearby Rhodes Island power plants, resulting in a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions of 1,800 tons per year.