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31 May 2019

Renewable energy project from Novogrudok District among finalists of EU contest

The international technical assistance project "Development of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in Novogrudok District - Roadmap for Ecological Clean Area" has advanced to the final of the prestigious contest, Project Manager Vladimir Kouzmitch told BelTA.

It is the only Belarusian project, which is now one of the six finalists vying for the EU Sustainable Energy Award for Eastern Partnership Countries.

The finalists will be judged by a professional jury and by the general public, Vladimir Kouzmitch said. One can vote for the project from Novogrudok at voting.eapenergyawards.eu. The voting closes on 9 June; the winner will be announced in Brussels on 18 June.

The project of international technical assistance "Development of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in Novogrudok District - Roadmap for Ecological Clean Area" with the budget of about €600,000 was financed by the European Union and the Novogrudok District Executive Committee.

"Thanks to the project we have developed a strategy and a roadmap for renewable energy sources in the district through 2030. They aim at capacity building and initiatives of local authorities, businesses and everyday citizens," Vladimir Kouzmitch said. Furthermore, for potential investors to the project, seven feasibility studies were developed for various areas of RES. Some of them have already caught an investor's eye.

In line with the project, Novogrudok State Agrarian College set up a training and consulting center in June 2018 and opened a new course in environmental protection and sustainable use of natural resources in September 2018.

Another result of the project was the installation of solar thermal collectors, heat pumps, and solar batteries to provide hot water supply services for the regional hospital.

Belarus news (BelTA)