Journalists from the Eastern Partnership countries discover Moldova’s experience in the transition to biomass energy

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12 journalists from Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan visited the Republic of Moldova to learn about the results of the Energy and Biomass Project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme. The visit took place in the framework of the EU4Energy initiative.

For two days, the team of journalists visited several beneficiaries and partners of the Energy and Biomass Project. The “Povestea” kindergarten in the town of Nisporeni is one of the places visited by the journalists.

The 270 children at the „Povestea” kindergarten have hot water thanks to the solar panels installed from European funds of the Energy and Biomass Project. During the winter, the entire surface of the kindergarten, of over 2,500 m2, is heated with green energy produced in the Republic of Moldova.

For the heating of the rooms, the kindergarten administration, together with the city hall, buy pellets produced in Moldova, and the money for the consumed energy remains in the country.

The journalists also had an exchange of information with the representatives of the communities in the Nisporeni district part of the Public Private Partnership service.

Another destination point was the briquette production line in the city of Balti. Ludmila Abramciuc and Ivan Damaschin are beneficiaries of the Energy and Biomass Project Leasing Program thanks to which they were able to buy and repay in installments the necessary equipment for biofuel production.

The journalists also attended a lesson on renewable energy at the school in the village of Chiscareni, Sangerei district. Along with the students of the “Nicolae Casso” school, they answered questions on the green energy sector, but also made a parabolic solar collector. In this, professor Nicolae Spanu guided the team. To be reminded, that the students of the school in Chiscareni are among the winners of the Moldova Eco-energetica Competition, several editions.

The school in Chiscareni village is the first public institution in the Republic of Moldova that has switched to biomass heating.  In 2005, thanks to a project funded by the World Bank, a biomass power plant using straw bales was installed at the school. The institution continues to benefit from clean energy.

Meanwhile, the community has connected other public institutions to green energy. The kindergarten in the village has electricity from photovoltaic panels and hot water from solar collectors. Next winter, the city hall will replace the stoves with a biomass heating system, installed from European funds of the Energy and Biomass Project.

The Energy and Biomass Project, phase two, is a project carried out in 2015-2018, with a total budget of Euro 9,41 million provided by the European Union and is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme. It continues the first phase of the project (2011-2014), with a total budget of Euro 14,56 million offered by the European Union (Euro 14 million) and UNDP (Euro 560,000). The national partner of the Energy and Biomass Project is the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure.

More information on Energy and Biomass Project can be found on www.biomasa.md and the Energie din Biomasă (Biomass Energy) Facebook page.

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The EU4Energy Initiative 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 Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. EU offers this support by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the longer term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector. More information on: www.EU4Energy.eu

Photo: Sergiu Bucico for Ecorys/EU4Energy.