Polska pomoc


The sun for children - a pilot program for utilization of renewable energy sources in public education buildings

The project was implemented in Ukraine, in the town of Kostopil, Rivne oblast, in cooperation with the local government, which for several years has participated in projects involving the transfer of knowledge in the area of local government’s own tasks and cooperation with non-governmental organizations and entrepreneurs.

The project was preceded by a detailed analysis of the public utilities management’s problem areas and Kostopil’s social needs, which was carried out by a team composed of representatives of the local government, non-governmental organizations and institutions operating in the municipality.

It was considered a priority to improve the appalling technical condition of municipal infrastructure fulfilling social functions (schools, kindergartens, healthcare facilities, cultural centres) and, given a very high level of gas consumption for heating and constantly rising gas prices (which have increased between ten and twenty times over the last three years) – to implement energy saving technologies.

The project implemented pilot solutions in terms of the use of renewable energy sources - in this case solar energy - to secure energy needs of all public kindergartens in the Kostopil municipality (4 facilities), in which hot water tanks were not properly insulated, with heat loss at transmission stage amounting to 40%.

The project’s target group were public kindergartens, and the end beneficiaries were the inhabitants of the town of Kostopil.

The project follows up on ventures carried out in Kostopil in 2012-2013 in the field of implementing energy efficient technologies and using renewable energy sources (PPR2012/0494/NGO and PPR2013/0420/NGO). The ventures were co-financed under the MFA’s Polish Development Aid programme and allowed for a comprehensive modernization of the municipal lighting by introducing LED technology.

The sun for children - a pilot program for utilization of renewable energy sources in public education buildings

The project was implemented in Ukraine, in the town of Kostopil, Rivne oblast, from 1 March to 30 September 2014. The project area is characterized by a high percentage of residents of Polish descent, an increasing civic awareness in the form of new NGOs aiming at its further strengthening and development of civic capacity, as well as inhabitants’ increased involvement in the public life. The area is also marked by a high level of social impoverishment (below the social minimum, and the local government’s financial inefficiency in carrying out public tasks.

Problem area: inefficient municipal economy in the field of pre-school education infrastructure and lack of technologies designed to protect the environment and use renewable sources, as well as a problem with financing the local government’s own tasks due to a high degree of degradation and low cost effectiveness of public infrastructure.

The project’s main objective: to promote renewable energy technology in the area of ​​public services through a pilot solar energy programme to secure energy needs of municipal kindergartens, and to develop environmental awareness and responsibility for the use of environment among Kostopil’s residents.

The task was implemented under priority 8 - Regional development and capacity building of public and local administration.

The sun for children - a pilot program for utilization of renewable energy sources in public education buildings

The project included a study visit to Poland by a group of 10 representatives of local government and municipal companies. The participants were presented various energy-saving technologies that can be used in public buildings. In addition, they familiarized themselves with model environmental education programmes implemented by kindergartens, primary and lower secondary schools.

Project activities were carried out in Kostopil, Ukraine, and included a comprehensive modernization of the water heating system (switching to solar technologies) in four public kindergartens, attended by over 950 children. The installation of solar panels was followed by an upgrade of the kindergartens’ water heating systems - new boilers and fittings were provided for the rooms directly powered by boilers.

The project’s implementation was monitored twice. At the end, a project information campaign was conducted and a brochure on energy saving technologies was distributed among all local governments within Rivne oblast. Just as it was the case with the lighting system upgrade, measurable project results in the form of annual savings calculations are published on the town’s website.

During the Polish group’s stay in Ukraine, a new environmental education programme was unveiled, and is now being tested in kindergartens.

The implementing entity and the project partner promote the project results via their own websites, press releases and themed TV programmes (in Poland: TVP Olsztyn Regional Television, in Ukraine: Rivne Public Television).

Tangible results achieved through the project include economical water heating systems working in four public kindergartens, powered by solar energy, and solar collectors technology implemented in order to secure energy needs of public facilities, as well as an environmental education programme for pre-school education.