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Renewable energy and Energy Efficiency New Project

Project duration: November 2013 - November 2015.

Project donor: BP EXPLORATION (Caspian Sea) Ltd. Georgia.

The project aims at contributing to the national energy security and global environment through offering tools and means for improvement of energy efficiency in Georgian communities and reduction of emissions of GHGs in response to the challenge of the climate change.

The following are project objectives:

  1. To assess social, technical, economic and environmental aspects of the introduction of renewable energy and energy saving solutions in community facilities, regional municipal and local self-government or NGO/CBO operated public and social welfare institutions throughout Georgia focusing but not limited to CoM municipalities;

  2. Promote the benefits of energy-saving technologies and practices in the state, municipal or community buildings among the energy managers or other decision makers responsible for the energy related issues;

  3. To demonstrate that application of clean energy solutions in Georgia, both in urban and rural areas in community facilities, local self-government or NGO/CBO operated public and social welfare institutions has the potential in meeting energy demand, resulting in increased level of comfort along with energy bill and emissions’ reduction;

  4. Provide employees of various, municipal or community buildings with the information and increase their awareness on how energy resources are used in the workplace and how their actions can directly affect energy consumption;

  5. Contribute to the capacity building of Georgian municipalities and self-governments in the development of the Energy Efficiency policies and local action plans;

  6. Increase public awareness on available energy saving technologies and measures, as means of saving money, as well as reducing fuel use, thus contributing to the reduction of emissions and environmental protection.

Major activities

I. Implementation of energy efficient demonstration projects in Georgian municipalities

Target municipalities - Covenant of Mayors signatories - Tbilisi, Rustavi, Gori, Batumi, Telavi, Kutaisi, Zugdidi & Akhaltskhe.

Sectors considered for identification of potential demo projects-buildings (public buildings & facilities (government owned community facilties: schools, kindergartens, medical centers, art & sport schools, orphanages, etc., and/or collectively owned residential multistory apartment buildings), infrastructure, including lighting as sectors with high potential of achieving the energy saving.

The following issues were taken into consideration while pre-selecting sites for development of energy efficiency demonstration projects:

  • Covenant of Mayors signatory cities or towns and have already committed to reduce CO2 by 20% by 2020;

  • Cities or towns which have strong willingness to join the CoM movement and have Socio-Economic Development Plans (SEDP)which cover energy efficiency in municipal/ public buildings and infrastructure sector;

  • Maximum value of the project up to 60, 000 USD Project scale- medium scale;

  • Envisaged measures are in line with adopted SEAPs under CoMsorSocio-Economic Development Plans (SEDP)- (High Current energy consumption with possibility for energy savings against baseline and emission reductions resulting from introduction of energy efficient measures or renewable energy technologies).

  • Payback period

  • Transferability of project (programme cannot be physically transferred due to the need for specific environmental conditions;can be transferred but at significant cost; can be physically implemented with minimal cost)

  • Number of beneficiaries (priority children, women, socially unprotected)

  • Sustainability.

  • Preference made to co-financing, either by municipality or other donor;

1.1. Completed Projects

1.1.1. Rustavi Park Rehabilitation Project- Energy Efficient LED Lighting Around the Lake

The project envisaged the replacement of 120 sodium street light lamps around the lake in Rustavi Central Park with LED lighting systems.

The project implementation started in September 2014 and was completed in November 2014. To monitor project results EEC installed 4 meters to record actual expenditures of the electricity by the LED lamps.

The project information light box was installed in the park. The implemented project will help Rustavi, to fulfill its obligations to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020 undertaken under the Covenant of Majors. The official project launch and media tour to the project site took place on March 12,2015 within the Sustainable Energy Day organized together with Rustavi municipality.

The Sustainable Energy Day events were attended by the representatives of BP Georgia, Rustavi city administration officials, Kvemo Kartli region governor and representatives of the municipalities, representatives of national and local media, EEC Georgia project team. The events started with presentation of the implemented demo project in Rustavi park which was followed by the thematic poster presentation “Rustavi – Energy Efficiency – Me” made by the eco-club students from 7 Rustavi Public schools. Rustavi amateur bikers cycled around the lake with motto “Healthy Lifestyle – Less Emissions”. By the end of the organized events the participants of the presentations “Rustavi- Energy Efficiency –Me” were awarded with certificates for participation in sustainable energy day event and T-shirts.

 

1.1.2. Solar Thermal Project in Gori Military Hospital

The project envisaged the construction of the solar thermal system with the solar collector area of 72 sq.m and water tank capacity of 2250 litres at Gori Military Hospital.

Implemented energy efficient measure will enable the Hospital to reduce up to 70 % electricity and natural gas consumption for heating water for its several buildings (infectious disease ward, laundry and kitchen), decrease energy bill and reduce CO2- emissions into atmosphere.

The project implementation started in 2014 and was completed in January 2015. The official project launch and media tour has been scheduled for June 4, 2015. The project launch event will be included in the Georgian Sustainable Energy Week 2015 agenda.

The project launch events started with Flash mob” performed by the young athletes from Gori gymnastic school which was followed by the presentation of the implemented demonstration project.

The gathered audience including hospital administration and employees, representatives of various media, children and parents were greeted by Mr. Chris Schluter, General Manager of BP in Georgia, Mr. Davit Ebralidze - 1st Deputy Minister of Defense, representatives of the city and hospital administrations.

Invited guests toured the hospital yard to view the constructed solar thermal system and „Street art” thematic drawings on asphalt presented by Gori art school students.

 

1.1.3. Efficient Street Lighting Project, Kavkasioni St. Telavi

The project envisaged the replacement of 74 high pressure sodium street light lamps in Telavi, Kavkasioni St. and adjacent territory which includes back roads to the apartment buildings, stadium and kids playground with LED lighting system.

The physical installation works were completed at the end of November 2014. The official project launch and media tour was organized on April 17,2015 in partnership of Telavi City Hall within the framework of Sustainable Energy Day in Telavi. The project information light box was installed next to the children’s playground. It is estimated that the implementation of the project will result in annual reduction of electricity consumption by about 48600 kWh, decrease of expenditures for consumed electricity by about 6700 GEL and annual reduction of CO2 emissions by 3600 kg.

The event in Kavkasioni St . was opened by children’s dance ensemble who performed street dances next to the playground in Kavkasioni St. Gathered population and the invited media to the launch event were greeted by the City Mayor, Head of City Council, BP in Georgia General Manager.

 

1.1.4. Energy Efficiency Measures in Telavi Public School #1

Telavi public School #1 is located in the city center in historic building dated back to the 18-th century. The school was established in 1758 by the king Erekle II as “Philosophy School”.

In order to decrease current consumption of energy resources the following energy efficiency measures were implemented:

  • Provision of necessary equipment and its installation for replacement of currently used diesel with Natural gas for autonomous heating system;

  • Insulation of school building roofing system with mineral wool;

  • Replacement of 180 incandescent light bulbs with CFLs in the classrooms and replacement of 40 double tube fluorescent lighting systems with 76 LEDs in the corridors.

It is estimated that the implementation of the above measures will result in annual decrease of expenditures for consumed energy resources by about 9000 GEL and annual reduction of CO2 emissions by 6300 kg.


 

1.2. Ongoing Projects

1.2.1. Implementation of Energy Efficiency Measures in Batumi City Hall Buildings

The project envisages the introduction of such energy efficient measures as replacement of old single glazed wooden frame windows with double glazed PVC ones and introduction of modern heating and cooling system.

The project is co-financed by: Batumi City hall, which took the responsibility to replace the old windows with double glazed PVC ones.

 

1.2.2. Implementation of Energy Efficiency Measures in Tbilisi Old People’s Home

The project envisages the implementation of such energy efficient measures as: introduction of autonomous heating and hot water supply system on natural gas, construction of solar thermal system integrated with heating and hot water supply system, EE upgrade of the building envelope, including insulation of external walls, construction of enclosure walls and doors to separate building cold spaces from warmer occupied areas, and replacement of incandescent light bulbs with CFLs.

The project is co-financed by: Tbilisi City hall, State Fund for Protection and Assistance of (Statutory) Victims of Human Trafficking, USAID/Winrock within EC-LEDS grant program.

 

1.2.3. Introduction of Solar Thermal System at Rugby Sports Base, Gardabani Municipality (Martkopi)

This project is exceptional as the site currently physically is not located on the territory in CoM municipality, though proceeding with big interest on the part of the Rugby Union of Georgia to the project and with the consideration of rugby national team success, it was decided to implement demonstration project at the Rugby Sports Base in Martkopi.

The project envisages the installation of solar thermal collectors with total area of 34,5 sq.m. installed on the common roof of the bathhouse and tribune which will provide the facility with 2000-2500 litres of hot water daily.

 

1.2.4. Law Emission Development for Sport - Kutaisi Torpedo vs. CO2 Emissions

The project envisages the implementation of energy saving measures such as introduction of solar thermal water heating system integrated with existing system for heating and hot water supply operated on natural gas, solar lighting system along the footpaths between the buildings, EE upgrade of the existing hot water and heating supply system, building envelope and replacement of incandescent light bulbs with energy saving ones. It is estimated that the introduction of above energy efficient/saving solutions will reduce not only electricity and gas consumption and energy bills by at least 15% and result in significant CO2 reductions but also will contribute to the observation of sanitary norms by the athletes.

The project is co-financed by: USAID/Winrock within EC-LEDS grant program and Kutaisi City Hall.


1.2.5. Implementation of Energy Efficiency Measures in Zugdidi kindergarten #15

The project envisages the introduction of such energy efficient measures as installation of heating system working on the solid fuel – agricultural residues which are common for this region – hazelnut shell, and replacement of incandescent light bulbs with CFLs in the rooms.

As a result of the implementation of the proposed energy efficient measures in addition to the annual energy savings, the emissions of CO2 into atmosphere will also decrease.
 

II. Capacity Building & Information Dissemination


The project also sets objectives aimed at:

  • Provision of employees of various, municipal or community buildings with the information and increase their awareness on how energy resources are used in the workplace and how their actions can directly affect energy consumption.

  • Contribution to the capacity building of Georgian municipalities and self-governments in the development of the Energy Efficiency policies and local action plans.

To meet the above objective the following activities were planned and implemented:

  • EEC Georgia being official Covenant Supporter conducted meetings in Covenant of Mayors signatory Gori, Rustavi, Batumi, Telavi, Kutaisi, Zugdidi municipalities with the representatives of city administrations responsible for economic development, infrastructure projects to discuss potential energy efficiency projects and ways of cooperation;

  • Working on development of concept note for the implementation of demo projects within the project “Enhancement of sustainable energy solutions in Georgian CoM signatory municipalities” prepared in partnership with National Association of Local Authorities (NALA), Energy Efficiency Center Georgia and municipalities of Telavi, Zugdidi and Rustavi”;

  • Participated in National Association of Local Authorities (NALA) organized trainings for representatives of local authorities from all regions of Georgia to present them renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, potential of implementation of projects in urban and rural areas, presented several case studies of implemented projects;

  • Organized media tours to the demonstration project sites in Telavi and Rustavi;


The project sets objectives aimed at:

  • Raising awareness among other communities and stakeholders throughout Georgia on practical results of the application of clean energy solutions and ;

  • Creating easily accessible informational resources demonstrating various phases of implementation and operation of demonstration projects.


To meet the above objective such activities as described below were planned and implemented:

  • Supported public Broadcaster Radio-1 in preparation and broadcasting of a series of monthly radio programs on energy efficiency in radio programs “Weekend on Radio 1” and “Ecometri”.

  • Organization of the annual contest for journalists for the best media work covering renewable energy or energy efficient technologies;

  • Thematic contest for best projects among schoolchildren from the Georgian CoM signatory cities encourage them to suggest such RE & EE projects which will contribute to the mitigation of CO2 emissions in their cities.

  • Contest for thematic posters among the students of art schools & Academy of Arts.

  • Organization of annual contest for architect-students “Sustainable Development in Architecture”

  • At the request of several schools conducted trainings in types and sources of energy, climate change and renewable energy for the 4-5 grade students.

  • Developed web application Carbon footprint calculator- The calculator is user-friendly and based on data provided by the user produces the annual amount of emissions generated by the family/person. It also provides with simple tips on various actions targeted on decrease of emissions.

  • Developed and printed for dissemination informational leaflet on LED lighting systems. The leaflet contains practical information for selection of most efficient lighting systems, providing information for various light bulbs, such as regular incandescent, CFLs and LED.

  • Developed and printed annual Calendar 2014 for dissemination among various governmental, non-governmental organizations working in energy field as well as among partner organizations and beneficiary organizations. For illustration of calendar, the site photos of implemented clean energy demonstration projects in Tbilisi and various regions of Georgia were used. Each page of the calendar contains briefs of implemented demo projects.

  • Supported local TV companies in development of short video films covering the implementation of demo projects in Rustavi, Telavi & Gori.

  • Organization of events of Sustainable Energy Week 2014-2015 including: schoolchildren’s conferences in 6 CoM cities, Exhibitions of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies; Exhibition of thematic posters “Utilization of Renewable Energy & Energy Efficient Technologies” developed by schoolchildren and students of the art schools; Exhibition of student architects’ works and award ceremony of the winners in competition for the best project; etc.


 

UPDATED: 23 July, 2015  

 

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