“The installation of a biomass heating system at the kindergarten was a priority for Lozova Town Hall,” said the mayor Lilian Botnaru. The heating expenses “consume” most of the money of the budgetary institution; the gas heating system is obsolete, and often is out of order during winter. “Every year the heating costs more than we budget. For instance, last season the institution paid over 300 thousand MDL for heating, while only MDL 200 thousand were budgeted. Under these circumstances, there is no money left for kindergarten’s infrastructure development and upgrade,” said the mayor.
Clean energy and energy efficiency – a priority for Lozova village
In the past years, energy efficiency projects became of interest for Lozova village, especially since the community is member of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, an EU initiative. The installation of biomass heating system is the first step towards the fulfillment of the commitments assumed by the Town Hall when signing this document, one of which is the reduction of carbon emissions by 40% by 2030.
The investments for the new system design, as well as the construction from scratch of the building for the heating plant and procurement/installation of two efficient pellet-based boilers, with a total capacity of 450 kW, as along with a set of six solar collectors, account for MDL 1.6 million of European funds. Community’s contribution is MDL 334 thousand, money that was used to build the biofuel warehouse.
The construction works of the new heating plant are under way. “State-of-the-art equipment with energy efficient and automated pumps will be installed. If a heating pump breaks, the second starts automatically. The plant can be connected to Internet to monitor remotely its work,” said Andrei Mereacre, the representative of the company that builds the biomass heating system and installs the solar panels.
The Town Hall and the administration of the kindergarten are happy to use locally produced renewable energy and keep the money in the country.