The European Defence Agency (EDA) has signed a contract with a European energy consortium to install and operate a solar facility at the Andreas Papandreou military airbase in Paphos.
This was an important contract, the ministry of defence said in a statement. The solar facility will provide clean energy to the military site for the next 20 years.
According to the EDA official website: “with as many as 11.5 hours of sunlight per day during the summer, the island of Cyprus is a paradise for European tourists in need of their annual dose of sunshine. But, for the next 20 years, the energy of the sun will also be harnessed for an entirely different purpose: the National Guard airbase of Paphos will now be powered by a state-of-the-art solar facility, designed to generate peak power of about 5MW for the next two decades”.
“This initiative is part of “Go Green”, the first collaborative defence energy project to go live in Europe,” Tom Bennington, co-chair of the Project’s Management Group at EDA, said.
The defence ministry participates in EDA`a innovative ‘Go Green’ project with its counterparts in the Czech Republic, Greece and Luxembourg, and is the first to moves towards the implementation of the programme by signing the relevant contract. (CNA)