49 new biomass heating systems, including 20 solar collectors, will be installed in 2017 using the European funds of the Energy and Biomass Project

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49 new biomass heating systems, including 20 solar collectors, will be installed in 2017 using the European funds of the Energy and Biomass Project. As well, 27 kindergartens – beneficiaries of the first phase of the project – will be equipped with solar water heaters that will operate in conjunction with the biomass heating system. 34 schools and kindergartens with straw bale-fired heating plants will be additionally equipped with tractors for bale transportation and loading in the boiler. These are the plans for 2017 of the Energy and Biomass Project, presented at the Project Board meeting held on 17th of January at the Ministry of Economy. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme.

A system for remote monitoring of the operation of biomass heating plants, beneficiaries of the Energy and Biomass Project, will be launched in 2017. This year, the Training Centre for Biomass Boilers Operators will start the provision of training courses. Feasibility studies will be conducted in two districts (Rezina and Cimislia) selected as pilot-sites for biofuel production from vegetable waste and, depending on their findings, the first municipal projects for utilisation of the vegetable waste for energy purposes will be launched.

2017 is the final year of implementation of the Energy and Biomass Project. Launched in 2011, the project has gone through two stages of implementation thanks to the funds disbursed by the European Union. The project succeeded to connect more than 190 schools, kindergartens, community centres, hospitals to biomass heating systems, thus ensuring the access of a total number of over 140,000 people to safe energy produced in the Republic of Moldova. The Energy and Biomass Project laid the foundation for the bioenergy sector development in the Republic of Moldova that was, six years ago, at the starting line. The number of institutions consuming bioenergy led to the increase of the number of companies in briquette and pellet production sector, their total number being estimated at 100. 30 new companies in the bioenergy sector were set up due to the attractive leasing mechanisms developed by the Energy and Biomass Project, using the European funds. 1,000 families heat their houses with green energy thanks to subsidies of up to 1 300 EURO granted from the European funds.

Project’s experts provided trainings to over 5,000 beneficiaries: mayors, managers of public institutions, agricultural entrepreneurs, operators of biomass heating plants, biofuel producers. 372 schools, with more than 21,000 students, joined the educational initiative that promotes the renewable energy and energy efficiency.

For more information about the Energy and Biomass Project, see www.biomasa.md website and Energie din Biomasă  Facebook page.

For further information, contact:

Ina Prisacaru-Zglavuta, communication and mass-media specialist, Energy and Biomass Project

Tel.: (+373 69)141006,  ina.zglavuta@undp.org