From this autumn, a kindergarten in Lozova will have a modern biomass heating plant and solar panels, which will help to reduce bills for heating and hot water.
Modern equipment is being installed with the EU’s support as part of the Moldova Energy and Biomass Project, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme. The kindergarten in Lozova will use locally produced, renewable energy. More than 500 children and teaching staff will benefit from better conditions.
In recent years, energy efficiency has become an area of interest for Lozova village, especially because the community is member of the EU’s Covenant of Mayors East initiative, under which Lozova undertook an obligation to reduce its carbon emissions by 40% by 2030.
The example of neighbouring village Vorniceni shows the obvious benefits of green energy use. Six solar heating panels and two pellet-based boilers were installed at the kindergarten in the village. “Since we can keep the temperature in classrooms at 21–23 °C, children are not getting sick as often as before. We had almost 100% attendance last year. The number of respiratory infections and viruses has decreased considerably,” said Maria Ursu, the head of the kindergarten.
The kindergartens of Lozova and Vorniceni are just two of the 233 public institutions that have installed biomass-heating systems and are among the 70 kindergartens and hospitals that have connected to solar heating systems with the EU’s support through the Energy and Biomass Project.
The EU-funded and UNDP-implemented Energy and Biomass Project in Moldova is part of the EU4Energy Initiative and aims to contribute to the reliable, competitive and sustainable production of energy from biomass, which is the most viable and available source of renewable energy in the Republic of Moldova.
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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