RES popular but ‘not in my backyard’

A solar-powered energy system has been added to an image of the Acropolis as part of a recent study to assess the stance Greeks have toward adopting renewable energy sources (RES) in their neigborhood. The study, prepared by the University of Thrace in the first half of the year, found that one in two people want the benefits of RES on the condition that they do not have the RES project as an eyesore, reported Athens News Agency yesterday, which presented the study. ‘This shows the existance of the not-in-my-backyard syndrome to a large extent, highlighting the serious problem faced by authorities regarding the positioning of large-scale RES facilities,’ said Panos Kosmopoulos, who headed the group that conducted the research.