2007-01-10

Solar panel factory near Aveiro

It might seem from my recent posts on IKEA and Pescanova that the Portuguese government use the classification "Project of National Importance" (PIN) as a way to circumvent any environmental concern. Although in JdN 2007-01-05 there is an article about a solar panel factory that has attained PIN status. Although there seem to be a hickup since a new conference centre (Exponor) also has PIN status for an overlapping area. The article is a bit confusing. They talk about Matosinhos and Aveiro. But I think the factory is supposed to be in Aveiro. There already is an Exponor in Leca da Palmeira (which is close to Matosinhos).

The spin of the article is that the solar panel factory threatens the conference centre (sic!). I guess Portugal has its fair share of conference centres already. A solar panel factory, which is described as high tech, is certainly much more needed in Portugal. Not only for the high tech but for the positive environmental impact of using solar energy.

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2 Comments:

At January 11, 2007, Blogger Luigi Mario said...

The factory will be in Aveiro, in one of the parcels that will be used for the new Exponor. More exactly in Santa Maria da Feira. Whats odd is that theres already Europarque, thats almost like Exponor.

 
At January 11, 2007, Blogger Johan said...

one can always wonder what criteria there are for proclaiming something a project of national interest (PIN). it seems that anything that is large enough will do.

but that does not necessarily mean that it is in the interest of the portuguese nation or the portuguese ...

like a fossil gas pipeline or a nuclear plant. both huge. but not really in the interest of the portuguese tax payers since they will have to pay the bill when eventually have be to torn down ...

 

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