Greece eyes Tesla products for friendlier, cheaper island energy

Greece eyes Tesla products for friendlier, cheaper island energy

Officials from Tesla are presenting to Greece's Energy and Environment Minister Giorgos Stathakis this week a plan on how to help switch the country's smaller islands to cheaper environmentally friendly energy.

Expensive oil-powered units provide energy for most of Greece's islands, with only a small percentage of energy coming from wind parks. Last year, thirteen of Greece's Cycladic islands, including Mykonos, were hooked up with the country's mainland power grid via an undersea cable. This, officials says, allows for a more reliable and cheaper source of power for the islands. Apart from Mykonos, the other islands that have been connected are: Syros, Paros, Antiparos, Naxos, Koufonisi, Schinoussa, Irakleia, Sikinos, Folegandros, Andros and Tinos.

According to ministry sources, the Tesla officials presented to the minister a plan on Tuesday for the islands that won't be hooked up to national power supplies.

The proposal looks at how to save energy with the use of Tesla products and services. It foresees a savings cost of up to 40 percent in the production and storage of power, in comparison with what power company PPC is doing now, which is using Mazut oil to power local energy plants.

Greek government sources described the Tesla proposal as being of interest, given their growing power needs.

One of the key points discussed was setting up test run of Tesla energy systems on Limnos, an island in the northern Aegean that has a heavy Greek military presence and sees large drop in temperatures in the winter period.

The other two proposals that will be presented by Tesla will take place today and will relate to electric powered cars and net metering, which allows consumers who generate some or all of their own electricity to use that electricity anytime.

Any move by the Greek government to upgrade the energy facilities on these islands will involve a regular international tender, ministry sources added.

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