Croats Best in European Union Energy Saving Projects

Croats Best in European Union Energy Saving Projects

Representatives of the Regional Energy Agency of Northwest Croatian (REGEA) received the “Local Energy Action Award” for implementing the project “I can have solar panels!” in Brussels. The award was presented to them at the X. Conference of the European Energy Initiative ManagEnergy. REGEA successfully entered to compete for the three best projects in the category “Information

Representatives of the Regional Energy Agency of Northwest Croatian (REGEA) received the “Local Energy Action Award” for implementing the project “I can have solar panels!” in Brussels.

The award was presented to them at the X. Conference of the European Energy Initiative ManagEnergy. REGEA successfully entered to compete for the three best projects in the category “Information and Awareness Raising” and was declared as the winner in the fierce competition among many projects in the field of renewable energy sources, Member States and the EU accession countries.
With this project, households are encouraged to install the solar energy by creating a sustainable financial model to support investment in this program. More than 250 solar heating systems have been installed resulting in estimated savings to 65 percent of the cost of heating water in a typical household and total annual energy savings of about 1 million kWh. Around a fifth of the solar panels were made in Croatia, which means that the project aims to boost the local economy. The pilot project conducted in Zagreb proved so successful that similar programs have introduced in several other Croatian regions.
With the Regional Energy Agency of northwestern Croatian who won the award for a project to encourage households to install the system to use solar energy, has been awarded and the London Development Agency initiative to introduce measures for energy saving in buildings.
European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger at the awards said: “Strengthening efforts to invest in energy efficiency and promoting renewable energy sources is the best way forward towards ensuring a sustainable and affordable energy future with low-carbon economy. ManagEnergy Awards play a key role in this effort, so I welcome the practical measures that ManagEnergy carried out in order to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources throughout Europe.”
The annual prize awarded to the best, most innovative and most ambitious projects in the area of ​​energy efficiency and renewable energy carried out by local and regional authorities, energy agencies and other public and / or private organizations. This year’s conference theme was “Local and Regional Action for Sustainable Energy” where the latest policy changes and technical forms of EU assistance to local and regional levels were presented as well as examples of good cooperation between energy agencies and local authorities.

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