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Wind farm plan for Leros islands

- by Dabs Banner

Wind farm plan for Leros islands.

The Greek island of Leros looks set to give the go-ahead to a massive wind farm project in a bid to boost the island's finances. The wind farm company Cycladic Meltemi wants to erect wind turbines on several uninhabited islets offshore of the popular Greek island of Leros in the Dodecanese.

The scheme is being backed by the Leros island council after it was told the wind farm could pump €1.7 million a year into the local economy as well as create hundreds of new jobs.

These are not the lovely old windmills such as those that grace the skyline above the Leros beach at Panteli near the Venetian castle above Platanos, a favourite day trip destination for Greek island holiday visitors.

These are modern wind turbines and would be erected on the offshore Leros islets of Levitha, Kinaros and Liadi. Company experts say they could produce a massive 580 megawatts of electricity each year.

Operation of a typical 10 megawatt wind farm can provide enough power to supply about 7,250 households and save the equivalent of 2,580 tons of fuel oil.

The islands around Leros get significant winds, particularly in the late summer and early autumn when the 'meltemi' blow strongly from the north.

The Mayor of Leros got approval for the plans at a recent meeting of the island council. He said: "Hopefully this major project will bring huge profits for the island of Leros."

The Author: Dabs Banner is a travel writer for popular online publications such as Cyprus Beach and City Break Savvy.