Veröffentlicht am 03.08.2015
Anyone who visits Greece in the summer usually returns home with an amazing suntan. Greece is the country of sun, renowned for its natural and cultural beauty.
From Austerity to Abundance
Greece: Home to heroes and goddesses, mythical monsters and jeweled beaches, damn fine olives, and the most sun-kissed skin in Europe.
While the recent coverage from Greece has been about scarcity, austerity and converging crises, it has failed to cast a shadow over a country that is abundant in a powerful and ancient source of hope: the Sun.
Co-Creating a Brighter Future
With energy poverty being one of the most dramatic symptoms of the Greek crisis (6 out of 10 households are struggling to pay their energy bills), investing in the abundant sun, the country’s biggest asset, will be key to a Greek recovery.
It will help us put money back in real people’s pockets by reducing their energy bills, it will help put people back to work with new skills and opportunities, and it will help support a renewable energy revolution that is sweeping the globe.
What’s the plan?
With your support we want to install as many solar panels as possible onto households in need, starting from the beautiful island of Rhodes.
Currently, hundreds of millions of Euros are wasted every year importing expensive oil for power generation onto the so-called “Island of the Sun”, while the island’s most generous energy source remains underutilised. Worse still, people living there continue to face serious energy shortages.
Cheap solar energy will not only provide immediate financial relief for families, it will also drastically reduce expensive oil consumption, and create much needed jobs; particularly among the young.
How is this going to help Greece?
Consider the wider picture: Today powering the islands with oil, costs all Greek consumers some 800 million Euros in subsidies each year. This is equal to the amount of public money the new proposed pension cuts plan to save from the national budget in 2015.
Solarizing the islands will provide much needed relief to all Greeks, not just those living on the islands, and will provide a powerful way for us to turn this crisis into an opportunity for change and hope.
And why stop there? If we can make this project a success, we can use it to kickstart the solarization of the Greek economy (and beyond!) and save billions of Euros that can then be used where they’re needed most.
So let’s write together the next Greek epic story, one rooftop at a time…