Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is located 4.5 km south of the centre of Athens, on the edge of Faliro Bay. SNFCC is designed as a multifunctional arts, education and entertainment complex. More precisely it includes the facilities of the National Library of Greece (NLG), the Greek National Opera (GNO), as well as a 210.000 m² of public garden park which constitutes a vital green space for Athens city. Additionally, it includes a multi-storeyed parking building, several outbuildings, dining and coffee halls. At the center of the Park is the Great Lawn, an open space for larger gatherings, which also functions as a venue for concerts, festivals and films. SNFCC Park ends on a hill 32 m high, beneath which are the buildings that house the Library and the Opera. Therefore, the hill operates as a green roof for the structure, reducing significantly air conditioning requirements.
On the Park’s summit there is a 900 m2 glass-walled “Lighthouse”, a space for people seeking a quiet area to read and reflect or to appreciate the view but also an ideal space for events and exhibitions. Soaring 14 m above the summit there is a 100m x 100m photovoltaic canopy which services part of the electricity needs of SNFCC
The total installed capacity of the PV canopy is 1584.6 kWp and it is estimated that it will produce over 2GWh per year, servicing a notable part of the SNFCC electricity needs. Furthermore, on a daily basis, the produced energy will cover a significant percent of day to day needs of SNFCC. In certain monthly periods the coverage can reach up to 34%. Under normal operation the whole amount of electricity that the PV canopy produces is consumed by the SNFCC premises.