SUN DA-I FEST gathered thousands of ECO energy supporters

29 Jun 2014

imageSUN DA-I Festival 2014: Festival of ECO technologies & rock concert powered by solar energy. Photo: UNDP Moldova/Mihai Maciuca

“Stefan cel Mare” Public Garden brought together thousands of people at SUN DA-I FEST – a Festival of ECO technologies and products, which culminated with a concert of live music powered by solar energy. The Festival ended a range of events organized during June 23 -June 29 within the EU Sustainable Energy Week. SUN DA-I FEST is organised by the EU-UNDP Moldova Energy and Biomass Project, Energy Efficiency Agency and FurioSnails Band.

”I am impressed by how the European Union Sustainable Energy Week concluded in the Republic of Moldova. It has been a week during which the attention of thousands of people has been focused on efficient use of energy and on the employment of renewables with the aim to keep out country and planet cleaner”, Tudor Copaci, Deputy Minister of Economy, said during the event.

This is the second Edition of SUN DA-I FEST, the first one being organised in 2013. The current edition, along with the live concert with musical instruments powered by solar energy, included an exhibition of ECO technologies and innovations. Festival participants had the chance to watch “live” operation of renewable energy technologies (wind turbines, solar collectors, photovoltaic panels, geothermal pumps and biomass boilers) and learned about success stories of people who heat their dwellings with geothermal and biomass energy, light their houses with solar and wind-based energy, and have solar water heating systems. Also, young people – advocates of ECO energy, presented their innovations, which help us in generating clean energy, cutting down the energy consumption and, thus, lowering the power bill amounts.

“The European Union Sustainable Energy Week in the Republic of Moldova has brought ECO technologies closer to people who have watched “live” operation of renewable energy technologies, discussed the issue with promoters of green energy. This has been a special week when the Republic of Moldova signed the Association Agreement, which will help modernise the country”, Whicher Slagter, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation in Moldova,  mentioned.

The Festival comprised a Fair where craftsmen passioned by genuine stuff exposed their handmade decorative items, jewellery, and paintings (created out of natural products) for sale. Eco advocates have had the chance to buy notebooks, pens made out of recycled paper and pasteboard, table clocks powered by water or solar energy, solar chargers for mobile phones, etc. Visitors participated in master classes aimed at recycling waste materials, sewed bags our of advertising banners, coloured a whole urban ward built out of recycled pasteboard.  People who are fond of rally had the chance to tour “Stefan cel Mare” Public Garden on four motorbikes driven by solar energy instead of gasoline and diesel fuel.

”Pure energy! We have it at Sun Da-i Fest! Clean energy that is available for all: this is one of UNDP's mandates worldwide. The sun, wind, water, and biomass are reliable energy sources that help us keep our Planet clean. They help us have our own energy produced in our own country. And this means safety, new jobs, new businesses and new investments in Moldova”, Nicola Harrington-Buhay, UNDP Resident Representative in Moldova, said.

The Festival has culminated with a concert of live music involving such bands as Concordia, Univox, Laura Bodorin, Winona Ryderz, FurioSnails and Toulouse Lautrec (Romania) who have their musical instruments powered by solar energy.

The photovoltaic panels have been provided free of charge by the French Company Solar-Tech, specialised in installing photovoltaic panels in the Republic of Moldova.

Contact Information

Ina Prisacaru-Zglavuta, Communication Officer, Moldova Energy and Biomass project,  ina.zglavuta@undp.org