School and kindergarten from Tareuca Village have biomass heating system installed as an alternative to the natural gas heating system

30 Apr 2013

The school and the kindergarten from Tareuca Village, Resina Rayon have their energy security ensured. Both institutions have modern pellet-fired heating plants installed within their facilities. Next winter the village school and kindergarten will be heated based on fuel produced locally, among the beneficiaries being more than 230 children and the staff.

The biomass heating system is an alternative to the existing one based on natural gas. Since 2005 we have used natural gas to heat the village school and kindergarten. The continuous increase in natural gas prices forced us to cut on other expenses necessary for both institutions. Even a few weeks when we had the new biomass heating system tested showed that the savings we can achieve during the heating season would count for hundreds of thousands of lei”, Mihail Olari, Mayor of Tareuca Village, pointed out.

The biofuel will be supplied to the school by Andrei Gârlea, a local agricultural entrepreneur who has launched a pellet and briquette production business in Tareuca Village this year. The business brought eight new full-time jobs and 12 seasonal jobs. “My Peasant Entity has got more than 3,700 hectares of land where rape (Brassica), wheat, barley and aromatic plants are cultivated. The agricultural waste derived from crop processing enables to produce annually more than 6,000 tonnes of briquettes and pellets. This quantity is enough to heat more than 40 village schools or kindergarten in winter-time”, Andrei Gârlea told us. By the way, his enterprise is heated with pellets.

The total investment provided to Tareuca Village by the UE-UNDP-funded Energy and Biomass Project amounted to $167,350, and the community contribution was $19,000. The new heating systems almost halve the costs incurred for heating. This is an appropriate solution for rural schools, kindergartens and community centres when the fossil fuel prices are on increase. Thanks to the European funds these benefits will be felt by public institutions from each Rayon”, Dirk Schuebel, Head of the European Union Delegation to Moldova, has stated today during his field-trip to Tareuca Village.

Tareuca is one out of four communities from Rezina Rayon selected to have their public institutions heated with biomass. Echimauti, Sircova, Tareuca and Tahnauti Villages received the EU-UNDP-funded Energy and Biomass Project support to upgrade the heating systems of four schools and one kindergarten and switch them to biomass. “Rezina Rayon is one out of 26 Rayons covered by the Energy and Biomass Project so far. Tareuca Village is part of the group of communities, which decided to use and promote renewable energy. This is a good example of united efforts aimed at ensuring access to locally produced energy and sustainable environment to community people”, Nicola Harrington-Buhay, Resident Representative of UNDP in Moldova has mentioned.

Moldova Energy and Biomass Project is a four-year project implemented during 2011-2014. The Project total budget amounts14.56 Million EUR, provided by the European Union (14 million EUR) and UNDP Moldova (560,000 EUR). So far, 119 villages have been selected to have their public institutions connected to alternative biomass heating systems. Overall, modern biomass heating systems have been (are being) installed in 139 schools, kindergartens, community centres and Village Halls thanks to the financial support provided by the Energy and Biomass Project. The new heating systems have led to the creation of more than 250 new jobs, as well as to the launch of tens of new businesses producing biomass fuel in the form of pellets and briquettes.

Contact Information

Ina Prisăcaru-Zglavuţă, Communication and Media Officer, Moldova Energy and Biomass Project, ina.zglavuta@undp.org, Tel. (+373 22) 839 985