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2011 Press Releases

Inauguration of Embassy Athens’ Photovoltaic Project (12/01/2011)

Athens (December 1, 2011) -- U.S. Ambassador Daniel B. Smith was joined by the Minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change of the Hellenic Republic, George Papaconstantinou on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 to inaugurate the Embassy’s
new photovoltaic project. 

The project’s solar panels, installed across the top deck of the Embassy’s garage, are capable of generating approximately 135.000kWh of green electricity per year.  On days of peak production, that represents up to 70 percent of the electricity consumed in the Embassy’s annex and adjoining buildings.  The panels also shield vehicles from the sun.

“This is a great initiative that exemplifies the United States’ commitment to renewable energy and to pursing green solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of the Embassy,” said Ambassador Smith.

Electricity produced by the solar panels is used immediately so there is no need for batteries to store the electricity.  The percentage of photovoltaic energy savings during daylight varies from 24 percent during weekday peak operation to 70 percent on the weekends.

The project was carried out within the scope of a League of Green Embassies initiative to integrate photovoltaic systems within all U.S. embassies. The installation will achieve an annual reduction of CO2 emissions of 135 tons.