Date: 12/05/2011 Location: Athens, Greece Description: Photovoltaic panels in Athens. - State Dept Image

The U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece was the fourth U.S. Embassy to utilize clean power produced by photovoltaic (PV) panels. The installation was completed in November 2011. The project’s solar panels, installed across the top deck of the Embassy’s garage, are capable of generating approximately 165,000 kWh of green electricity per year. The panels also shield vehicles from the sun. “This is a great initiative that exemplifies the United States’ commitment to renewable energy and to pursing green solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of the Embassy,” said Ambassador Smith. Electricity produced by the solar panels is used immediately so there is no need for batteries to store the electricity. The photovoltaic system will produce on average 13 percent of the embassy’s annual required power.The installation will achieve an annual reduction of CO2 emissions of 147 tons.

For more information on Photovoltaics at the U.S. Embassy in Athens see: New Photovoltaic Project Inaugurated at U.S. Embassy in Athens