Faced with a Greek Prime Minister who wasn't taking any action on renewable energy, we announced we would install solar panels on the Prime Minister house. Suddenly the Prime Minister sprung in to action and announced the installation of solar panels on his house, the Presidential residence and the building of the Parliament.
One happy Greek hotel owner with solar panels. Will the Greek government introduce a law to make this a common sight?
We launched an open bid contest, calling private companies to
bid forthe installation of solar panels on the Prime Minister's
residence. Wewould then buy and install the solar systems on the
roof of thebuilding as a protest for the lack of legislation to
promote renewableenergy in Greece.
As a result of the open bid contest Prime Minister
KonstantinosKaramanlis officially announced that he would install
solar panels, notonly on his residence, but on the Presidential
residence and the GreekParliament building as well.
Greenpeace Energy campaigner Dimitris Ibrahim said, "We
congratulateMr. Karamanlis for his immediate reaction and welcome
his decision toinstall solar systems on these three buildings.
However, his decisionwill only produce clean energy for one
President, one Prime Ministerand 300 MPs, while the rest of the
eleven million Greek citizens willstill have to depend on fossil
fuels due to the lack of incentives. Weneed a new law that will
provide clean, cheap energy for all".
Currently Greece depends on dirty fossil fuels for 97 percent
ofelectricity production, although there is a commitment of 20.1
percentelectricity production from renewable energy by 2010.
It is scandal that a country as sunny as Greece lacks of any
properlegislation capable enough to promote solar energy, and other
The installation of solar panels on the PM's residence is part
of aseries of events and activities pushing for clean renewable
energyrevolution in Greece.
More info (in Greek):
panel bid contest announcement and Prime Ministers