Four schools in Cantemir, Moldova, have switched to renewable energy sources, and the first biomass boiler plant using vegetable waste collected from vineyards and orchards has started its work in the city.
These are the results of the EU-supported ‘Thermal Rehabilitation of Educational Buildings in Cantemir’ project, presented in November in the context of European Sustainable Energy Week.
The investments, carried out in line with high European standards of energy efficiency, have been made at the ‘Dimitrie Cantemir’ lyceum, ‘Mihai Eminescu’ gymnasium, and kindergartens №1 and №2.
The ‘Mihai Eminescu’ gymnasium is now the only public institution in Moldova that has a biomass heating plant using dry tree and vine branches from local vineyards.
The four schools have already recorded energy savings of up to 60%, channelling saved money towards other needs. Thanks to the European Union contribution, the annual savings in Cantemir amounted to €91,817 or 15% of the annual budget of the town.
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