Platina Partners secured finance for the project, with the European Investment Bank providing 50% of the loan under a conventional project finance structure.

“It is a very big project. Normally in Europe – especially in Greece and Spain – they consider 20 to 30 MW a huge project, so 82 MW is a massive project. It is the biggest in the region,” D.K. Windsupply Chairman Akis Ellinas said.

“It was very difficult because we faced governmental people who had no idea what energy or wind farms meant. Some people thought it was a monster, others, something from space,” Ellinas said.

“Cyprus is not among the windiest areas in the world. I’d say we have something in the region of 6 meters per second and around 1,600 hours annually. But with new technology, like the Vestas 2MW V90 turbines which we are installing at the moment to the project, it helps,” Ellinas said.

“That represents almost 3 percent of Cyprus’s requirements toward EU regulations and targets,” Ellinas said.