Solar Power Plant Syros

Site Overview
LocationSyros, Greece
Coordinates37.27° N, 24.55° E
Average global irradiance1,843 kWh/m2/yr
Average temperature16.8 °C, 62.3 °F
Average precipitation442 mm/yr, 17.4 in/yr
Technical Overview
Date onstreamJuly 2012
System capacity99 kWp
Panel typeSF150-L (150 W)
Number of installed panels660
Tilt angle, orientation26°, 0° S
Expected output137,698 kWh/yr
Total CO2 reduction101,346 kg/yr, 223,427 lbs/yr
InverterKACO Powador 14.0 TL3 INT
Financing Bank
75 % Bank Financing (by National Bank of Greece)
25 % Private Investment

A.F. Kopanitsanos & Co., based on the Greek island of Syros, is a privately owned company which deals with the study and execution of technical works and projects mailny on the Cyclades islands. This initial installation of A.F. Kopanitsanos & Co. was their first solar power plant where the company did everything from planning, construction to operation and maintenance of their self-owned solar power plant.

This 99 kWp installation is located on the Greek island of Syros, which is located in the middle of the world famous Cycladic islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The ground-mounted solar power plant with 660 Solar Frontier CIS thin-film modules was installed in four weeks time and connected to the grid in July 2012. The installation, which encompasses five hectares of land, is expected to produce more than 137,000 kWh of energy annually and thus offset more than 100 tons of CO2 emissions.

The special challenges for this installation were the climate conditions in this Mediterranean region, which is mainly influenced by the Aegean Sea. It is characterized by hot summer days and cool, rainy winters. Solar Frontier’s CIS thin-film modules are suited perfectly for the hot summer climate due to their high temperature stability. This effect lead to higher output under these challenging conditions compared to other technologies. In addition to these aspects, the aesthetic and environmental friendliness convinced the owner, although this is not a residential PV installation.