Wind energy output soared to new record highs in Greece last year, according to the latest official data released on Thursday by the Hellenic (Greek) Wind Energy Association HWEA/ELEATEN.
More new wind energy farms went into operation in 2019 than in any other year in history, according to the report.
This increase represented almost four times the annual average rate of wind power installations during the previous decade, raising the total power generated by wind farms to more than 3,500 megawatts (MW) last year.
The HWEA said the new wind energy farms which began operation in 2019 had a total power of 727.5 MW, four times more than the annual average rate of the previous decade, which was 185 MW.
The biggest single wind energy farm operating in the south of Greece’s Euboea island produced 154.1 MW of electric power.
Greece’s Public Power Corporation (PPC or DEI) completed a reorganization of the first seven wind energy farms with a significant reduction in the number of wind turbines, from 62 to 15, last year.
Wind turbines in West Macedonia’s region of Kozani have the largest rotor diameter of any in the nation, at a gigantic 136 meters (446 feet), while the first hybrid electric power station began operation using wind energy and storage in batteries on Tilos island in 2019.
Another such hybrid station began pilot operations on Greece’s Ikaria island as well last year.
At the end of 2019, the power from wind energy totaled 3,576 MW, up by an impressive 25.4 percent over that generated in 2018.
Foreign investors owned 43 percent of the wind energy farms in Greece and accounted for 47 percent of new investments in 2019.
Central Greece once again led the nation regarding the amount of wind-powered electricity it produced, generating a total power of 1,311 MW, followed by the Peloponnese, East Macedonia and Thrace.