Greece plans to build the world”s largest solar park, with a generating capacity of 200 megawatts (MW), according to a report by Industrial Info Resources. The plan, recently revealed by Greece”s Prime Minister George Papandreou, calls for a facility on 520 hectares (1,285 acres) of disused coal mines in the northern city of Kozani.

The plant is expected to cost more than 600 million euros ($807 million), and construction will be overseen by state-owned energy company Public Power Corporation SA. Industrial Info says PPC is seeking to identify a large international partner for the project by this summer, with the project expected to be completed by mid-2012.

The Kozani project will be capable of producing 260,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity annually, offsetting 300,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

In related news, Industrial Info reports London-based Nur Energie, through its NUR-MOH Heliothermal joint venture, has received the green light from the Greek regulatory agency to construct a 38-MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant on the Greek island of Crete.

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