Crete gets go ahead for solar plant to power 13,000 homes -

The Greek regulatory agency has given the nod to a solar power plant to be built on the island of Crete.

Nur Energie, the company behind the plant, has been given the go-ahead and awarded a 38 megawatt Electricity Generation Licence for the Crete Concentrated Solar Power plant, which is claimed to be the first in Europe to feature BrightSource Energy's proprietary LPT 550 solar technology system.

This should produce electricity for approximately 13,000 homes and reduce carbon emissions by 35,000 tons annually.

BrightSource Energy's LPT 550 will do this by using thousands of small mirrors - called heliostats - to reflect sunlight onto a boiler, which sits atop a tower, to produce high temperature steam.

The steam is then piped to a conventional turbine which generates electricity. In order to conserve water, the steam is air-cooled and piped back into the system in a closed-loop, environmentally friendly process, so they say. By using a dry-cooling technology, the plant consumes approximately 95 percent less water than the competition according to BrightSource.

"When completed, this will be the largest tower installation and the most technologically advanced CSP plant in Europe," said Kevin Sara, founder and CEO of Nur Energie.