Solar collectors are to be installed in a kindergarten in the Belarussian town of Braslaŭ, covering the town’s hot water needs. This switch to solar energy is happening thanks to the support of the EU-funded “Braslaŭ district – the first climate neutral municipality in Belarus” project, which is part of the “Covenant of Mayors – Demonstration Projects” programme.
“The installation of solar collectors for water heating is also an excellent solution for other types of institutions, which function seasonally, mainly in summer. For Braslaŭ region, which promotes itself as a tourist and the first climatically neutral region, this is ideal. This is a good demonstration of the benefits of renewable energy for the population at the local level,” said Dmitry Buryonkin, the project coordinator from the Centre for Environmental Solutions.
Such positive changes became possible due to the implementation in the region of the Covenant of Mayors – Demonstration Projects (CoM-DeP) programme, which is part of the EU4Energy initiative. EU4Energy covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine). It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the long term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector.
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