As an IRIS Follower City, Alexandroupolis is the administrative center of East Macedonia-Thrace and of significant strategic importance for Greece, due to its geographical position - connecting the Mediterranean and Asian countries and first European landing point for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).
The local authorities’ vision is to transform Alexandroupolis into a sustainable city for its citizens with the use of new, efficient and user-friendly technologies and services in the areas of energy, transport and ICT.
Extensive sustainable mobility and energy plans have been developed to achieve this vision and submitted to international bodies such as the Covenant of Mayors. Alexandroupolis is also a co-founder Greek Green Cities Network.
Alexandroupolis is the first European municipality that will be crossed by the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), key in opening up the Southern Gas Corridor, one of 12 so-called energy corridors identified by the EU as priorities for the achievement of European energy policy objectives. Moreover, the developed and updated SEAP for Alexandroupolis includes plans for the promotion of RES and energy savings, including:
- Two autonomous PV stations of 5kWp and one of 12,5kWp and two heat pumps (180kW and 200kW) installed in public buildings. Two (2) solar thermal systems of 40m2 (selective collectors) for DHW production and two (2) geothermal heat pumps of 100kW each in public buildings. Monitoring equipment will also be installed to measure the hourly electric and thermal consumption (EEA-Grants (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) ~0.75 m€
- Plan for DH geothermal network: a long-term (30 years) lease for the exploitation and development of the low-enthalpy geothermal field of Traianoupoli (~90 oC) and aims to build a geothermal DHN, which constitutes the keystone of its SEAP. The DH network will supply heat to public buildings, greenhouse cultivations, breeding farms, municipal pellet production plant etc.(~4.5 m€). Basic design data, according to the study: power of 10MWth, 18km pipelines, two (2) drillings of 500m depth, 450.000 m3 volume flow rate of geothermal fluids in the primary network (20.000 ha) and 500.000 m3 in the secondary network (30.000 ha).
- Plan for green interventions in municipal swimming pool and indoor stadium (PV and solar thermal system, geothermal heat pump, LED systems) ~1.4 m€
- Replacement of conventional lamps with LED, installation of 16 rooftop photovoltaic stations (10kWp) in school buildings, purchasing of 17 EVs. (Approved by JESSICA instrument for energy efficiency in Greece)~2,0 m€
- Plan for replacement the whole city street lighting with LED systems at a rate of 65% annually