World Media on Greece: Greece to build its first “green isle”

(www.minpress.gr, Xinhua, 20.03.09)  A small island in the northern Aegean Sea included in the European Union’s Natura 2000 network of nature protected areas, Agios Efstratios or Ai Stratis, will become Greece’s first “green energy” community entirely powered by renewable energy sources. “The purpose of the project is to create an island whose needs will be 100 percent covered by renewable energy sources” stated Development Minister Costis HatzidakisAgios Efstratios currently has fewer than 250 inhabitants and “controllable” energy requirements of 1,500 megawatt-hours per year. Solar and wind energy and biomass fuel infrastructure will be introduced by the end of the year. The pilot project in Agios Efstratios will serve as an international model. Residents on the islands of Nisiros and Tilos have also expressed interest in being powered by renewable energy. Read more…   
See also:  Greek exile island to turn ‘green’: minister (AFP, 20.03.09), 
 Greece unveils first ‘green’ island (TheEarthTimes, 19.03.09), 
 Greece’s First ‘Green’ Island (GreekNewsAgenda, 18.03.09), 
 Centre for Renewable Energy Sources