A series of projects and renovation works are underway on Mount Athos in order to meet the energy needs of the Athonite State, the protection of the environment and the restoration of wings and cells of the monasteries, as reported by ANA-MPA.
The study concerning the installation of solar panels on the peninsula was recently approved. The energy production in the area is based on the operation of generators, which consume oil and firewood. At the same time, a preliminary study is being carried out for the construction of biological treatment plants in all the monasteries, while restoration works have been carried out in all the wings and cells of the monastery buildings where monks and pilgrims live.
“We often carry out restorations in the buildings of Mount Athos. We have undertaken a large project for this very purpose long ago. But in general, life has changed, we are in the 21st century and, therefore, it is necessary to undertake new projects such as solar panel installation and biological treatment plants”, the head of the Centre for the Preservation of Mount Athos Heritage (KEDAK), civil engineer and restorer, Ilias Partzinidis, points out to ANA-MPA.
Finally, the aim is to make interventions with respect for the natural environment and to make the foundations of the old monumental buildings even more solid.