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A Nicosia-based photovoltaic project by the Morphou bishopric has spiked concerns over its environmental impact, with locals and NGOs calling for the suspension of operations.

Photovoltaics play a crucial role in meeting Cyprus’ targets for renewable energy sources, but at what cost?

The beginning of works for the two licensed photovoltaic parks in Flasou village last November saw the extensive movement of thousands of tonnes of soil and the cutting of dozens of healthy mature trees, interfering with the geological features and destroying the habitat of the area, environmentalists say.

This spurred alarm among residents and environmental NGOs who expressed their objection to the project and asked for the immediate suspension of the earthworks as well as a review of the approved application.

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